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Posted in Historical Information, how we live, photographs, tagged american history, friendship, John T. Lewis, Mark Twain, maryland, new york, Pennsylvania, Samuel Clemens on April 23, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Looking at a picture of Lewis and himself, Twain remarked:
The colored man. . . is John T. Lewis, a friend of mine. These many years – thirty-four in fact. He was my father-in-law’s coachman forty years ago; was many years a farmer of Quarry Farm, and is still my neighbor. I have not known an honester man nor a more respect-worthy one. Twenty-seven years ago, by the prompt and intelligent exercise of his courage, presence of mind and extraordinary strength, he saved the lives of three relatives of mine, whom a runaway horse was hurrying to destruction. Naturally I hold him in high and grateful regard.
John T. Lewis is remembered for assisting in the recovery and return to the Antietam congregation in Maryland the large, leather-bound pulpit Bible taken from the church by a New York soldier following the Battle of Antietam in 1862.
No, the captain didn’t drive the ship up onto the rocks. After the Canadian Pacific Railway steamer S.S. Princess May hit and became caught on a reef close to Alaska’s Sentinel Island, the tide went out.
It was a month before tug boats were able to pull the ship free. After the eighteen inch wide, fifty foot long gash was repaired, the ship operated for another 20 years, being scuttled off Jamaica in 1930.