2016 October 31 upd: 2018 07 11
Webster’s Unabridged :
:Vortex n. ... 5. drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it.
Harriet is a
lens by which to explore
historic hertoric relations from which arise the roots of our
common humanity... New articles below on
(1) Grimkes, and
(2) Harriet's self-description upon completing Uncle Tom's Cabin, while working on the Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, prior to first of 3 travels to Europe.
Prior to 1800, significant Ohio River ports were Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Maysville (then Limestone, the name of the Creek there), and the "Falls of Louisville"- only passable in spring high water. From Limestone, the buffalo could ford the shallow Ohio north (as does Eliza), or trample the high ground southwest providing "traces" (passages) across the high bluegrass region atop the Cincinnati Arch, through otherwise densely vegetated KY interior. Contended by indigenous, predominantly Iroquois, EuroNewbee colonization of Kentucky sprouted south of Lexington, the southern bluff of the Arch around which bends the Kentucky River draining the southern KY Appalachians.
1788, commissioned by NJ John Symmes, John Filson blazed the trail over the spine of the elephant Arch, to the descent cut by the Ohio River, founding LosAntiVille (City across from the os of (salt)Licking River), where the buffalo dont cross. On Filson's trail were developed the Dixie Highway (U.S.25) / Southern RailRoad / & I-75 -- over the high ground (dry ridge) - now: central artery of the most populous, eastern region of North America. 1788 November, soon after Filson notched trees defining the existing downtown street grid, he met uncertain demise, and Symmes changed the name to Cincinnati.
Harriet Beecher lived here from 1832 November through 1850 April. She was called "Hatty" in childhood to distinguish her from other significant Harriets within her maternal Foote family and subsequent. (4 Harriets to distinguish by color)
The civic and moral contributions of Harriet's family, augmenting geology and geography, are foundational in our abiding confidence in this great city -- a final refuge in global warming, and sociologically formative host of the enduring phenom Harriet Beecher Stowe, 7th child of the New England marriage of Lyman Beecher and Guilford, CT school teacher Roxanna Foote - beginning a family across Long Island Sound in East Hampton.
Roxanna’s older sister Harriet, our Hatty’s Aunt Harriet, was eldest of Roxanna Foote's sibs; a strict Episcopalian in contest with Lyman Beecher's Calvinistic focus on temperance and conversion, albeit within New School Presbyterianism (anti-slavery; Congregational Church affinity, cooperative missionary efforts with other denominations, and evolution beyond the intransigent doctrine of the Old School).
Of Roxanna's 9 children:
The first 3 developed into historically notable figures, followed by
#4 Mary who married a CT lawyer and raised a family in Hartford.
Birth #5, named Harriet, tragically died within a month, in Roxanna's first honor of her older sister.
#6 - George (1809 - 1843) Last birth in East Hampton, Long Island, prior to 1810 family move to Litchfield, CT. 1943: Chillicothe, OH, George, 34, frustrated minister, blew off much of his head with shotgun leaving widow with child. Anticipating family reunion; #1 Catharine (1800-78) arrived night before tragedy; "never again returning to the Beecher fold." [Milton Rugoff- The Beechers]
#7 - Harriet Elizabeth born in Litchfield, CT (1811 June 14 - 1896 July 1), became the vortex in the formation of these United States of America. We celebrate our Harriet's birthday each year near June 14, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House Cincinnati, on the eastern eminence at the new I-71 interchange with Martin Luther King Drive!
#8 Henry Ward -- who outDid his Pa, the nation's preacher presiding at the celebration of the end of the Great War
#9 Charles -- steadfast musician / minister - traveled with Harriet in 3 European tours
1816: 5 older children and Harriet, lost Mother Roxanna in Litchfield, where father Beecher ministered the Congregational Church. Before and after her mother’s death she enjoyed especially her Aunt Harriet Foote, 50 miles southeast in Guilford, CT, along with Hatty's uncles, including two who came to Cincinnati in the 1820s:
John Parsons Foote (1783-1865) perhaps developed business acumen in New York and/or England before arriving in Cincinnati circa 1819, quickly rising to eminence among Cincinnati’s leaders when Cincinnati was declared a City. See link below.
Samuel Edmund Foote (1787-1858) at 18 captained his first ship - iterating to the world-leading 2000 ton Fabius - the product with 2 other partners: financier Peter Harmony (Ximenes anglicized /of Cadiz, Spain) of NY, and Henry Eckford, NY, retiring from building U.S. Naval vessels, lastly the USS Ohio in 1820, enduring 63 years the model for the Navy's largest - 74-gun frigate. Samuel engineered the rigging of Fabius, refined in his experience trading across the Atlantic and West Indies. This trading was the basis for his wealth he brought to Cincinnati, and previously amusing his favorite niece Hatty, waking through bed curtains of exotic birds gifted from uncle Samuel, who also provided novels not permitted in Lyman's house, as well as reports of a more eclectic world than young Hatty witnessed in CT.
Fabius enabled 2 successful ventures captained by Samuel to the exotic Pacific around violent waters of Cape Horn up to Lima, Peru - enduring piracy and forestalling mutiny. Retiring from the seas, to marry in 1827, Samuel joined brother John in Cincinnati. Beyond his real estate development, his first challenge was to breakUp the 43-year-old political logJam finally allowing continuous shipping over the Falls of Louisville, accomplished 1830, enduring today as the Louisville - Portland Canal facilitating riverboat commerce to St Louis and the world. (Portland, the original name of primary waterfront adjacent north of Louisville).
Samuel Foote’s grand mansion at 3rd & Vine up to 4th St towered over the 8 rented offices at the 3rd St sidewalk known in the 1830s as "Foote’s Row". The mansion was the social center for Cincinnati leaders, regularly hosting the Semi-Colon Club which embraced Catharine and Harriet and Cinci's literati contributing to the ascension of the booming Queen City of the West, at the unbroken national artery, Ohio River > and now the merging/crossing arteries I-71/75.
After our Hattie's mother died, Reverend Beecher re-married another Harriet - Porter of aristocratic Boston (including, of prior marriage: 2 boys and a girl). In Litchfield, Harriet Porter bore 4 more children, comprising Hattie's step-sibs, less the first born Frederick, who died at 2. Nationally significant suffragist Isabella, and younger Thomas and James, also noble ministers.
In world-famous Litchfield Female Academy established by Sarah Pierce (1767-1852), next-door to Beecher's church and home, Hatty followed her sisters and brothers in primary education. Her once-engaged / never-married oldest sister Catharine (1800-78) - nationally esteemed - established the 60-year-enduring Hartford Female Seminary where Hatty acquired higher education prior to teaching there 5 years before her move west.
A rising star, like the Billy Graham of our day, Lyman Beecher attracted the attention of New Yorker abolitionist Arthur Tappan who in 1826 financed the Beecher family move to Boston where Beecher preached to the world from the Hanover Church until it tragically burned in 1830, whereupon the congregation moved with Beecher to the Bowdoin Street Church on Beacon Hill.
Tappan again financed the Beecher family move from Boston arriving Thanksgiving 1832 in Cincinnati. In the following summer, Tappan, with William Lloyd Garrison (in Beecher’s Boston congregation) presided in Philadelphia in the first convention of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Lyman Beecher was called to preside at the new graduate level Lane Seminary. Undoubtedly he was encouraged by Roxanna's brothers, John and especially Samuel who, newly married, retired from Fabius to settle in Cincinnati 1828.
In Cincinnati Catharine established on 4th Street the Western Female Institute where Harriet taught. Due apparently to Catharine's illness, concurrent with Harriet's new motherhood of twins, the Institute closed in the Panic of 1837, whereupon Catharine subsequently established such academies in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
the story has no ending
important topics to elaborate...
there seems no end to slavery as we develop understanding
to e v o l v e and love beyond distortion of human spirit...
2018 07 04: AngelinaGrimke (and her godMother, 10yr-elder sister Sarah)
1852 Dec Letter by Harriet: playful self-characterization
Of the 10 children by Harriet's maternal grandparents, Eli Foote and Roxanna Ward,
only 4 bore children. Here is a brief on the significant 4, including (youngest) George.
Cincinnati Chapter of 1860 Memoir of Samuel Foote by John Foote
Schools of Cincinnati by John Foote - making the case for colonization
1828 1-page excerpt from Inaugural Address by John Foote establishing the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts
1842 John Foote attended former President, current Congressman John Quincy Adams, visiting the inaugural celebration of the Cincinnati Astronomical Observatory engineered by Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel. Foote may have authored its Constitution. The name of the Hill was changed to Mount Adams. Fort Mitchell, KY is named for O.M. Mitchel.