|Volume IV Issue 1||February - March 1999||free|
DRAWN BY HIMSELF IN 1705
by John Dunton
(An Afterward by Michael L. Dunton)
does a very dolt appear,
In shew, a very learnd Philosopher.
But, since gravd Pictures please the eyes of men,
Perhaps Ill fit them when I write again.
But now my Speaking Picture must relate
All those fine things describd in copper-plate.
It also speaks to shew the child unborn
What I would be would my past age return.
Athens ( for ages past) I did revive;
Could I lost years restore, just thus Id live.
Had I the choice of flesh and blood again,
I neer would stand to plot behind the scene,
But bravely act the man I should have been.
But, though I weep and mourn for whats amiss,
With tears that represent my Inward Phiz;
Yet could old Time unweave my sins and age
(That I might live just as I here engage),
My love to my dear Wife, and to my Friend,
I neither do repent, nor need amend.
But for those Errors I do here confess,
I would so mend and alter all the Press,
That both my Person, and my Picture too,
Should now no longer live incognito.
Thus does my Speaking Picture conquer Death,|
T was but a dead face, Art could here bequeath,
Look on the following Leaves, and see me breathe.
Nor could the Limner draw my Picture here,
For Ego non sum Ego, that is clear;
And none can draw what is, and is not here.
But when I live the same, by acting new,
Then to be known, Ill put my face in view.
Dissected thus, I stand a living Martyr grown.
Come, read my Errors, and reform your own.
|For more information
about the man, writer, and bookseller, John Dunton (1659 - 1733), refer to articles
written in this newspaper [June-July 1997] as
well as at the
The above "word painting" was written by John Dunton in 1705 prior to the time that the included portrait was actually engraved.
The text was transcribed from a 1969 reprint of an 1818 publication entitled "The Life and Errors of John Dunton".
Although out of print, copies can be found in circulation. I found my copy at a local used book store but also saw one on the Internet.
The average person (myself included :) will tend to find his writing laborious to read. This is mainly due to time period specific word definitions, slang, and social reference points that all have to be looked up to understand the prose.
I find his writing quite good, witty, and very direct. As a man, I believe that I would have enjoyed conversing with him.
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|Born on January 7, to Andrew and Jeanne Dunton, and joining brother Matthew,
Sarah Jessica. Submitted by proud Grandpa Millard G. Dunton.
Published -- David Dunton of Jersey City, NJ writes:
Dunton Businesses -- This will be a new section. If you have a new venture (or an old established one for that matter) that is not offensive in nature, email us and tell us about it. We may feature it in an upcoming issue.
Family-related Resources Available
Last month I referred to a body of work that has been made available by The Westport (Maine) Community Association. For those Dunton cousins who have common ancestry with Timothy Dunton, a pioneer of Westport, Maine, this book will be of interest. "Family Records of Westport", by Bea Harriman, has been printed in softcover and comb-bound, and offered at the price of $23 plus $2 to cover book rate shipping. The check should be made out to The Westport Community Association, c/o Phyllis Siebert, 42 West Shore Road, Westport, Maine 04578. You can email Phyllis at email@example.com for more details.
"Life On The Farm"
Being a brief regular accounting of the events from life on the Victor Hugo Dunton farmstead in Oregon
|It has been a really interesting Winter so
far. I would generally classify it as mild. For the maritime Pacific
Northwest, it has probably been a bit wetter and colder than usual, but very tolerable so
We had one bout with temperatures in the teens, but other than the extra work mentioned in the last newsletter, we only had one above ground faucet pipe freeze and rupture.
I have written in the past about time (or the lack there of) and that I tend to stretch it very thin. My genealogical work will be again taking a back burner to several other projects that are a bit more immediate in need.
We have decided to create and operate a new business entity that the whole family can help with and that can be run from our farm. As mentioned above, we have created The Victory Seed Company.
|We are specializing in non-hybrid or
open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties. Please visit us at:
It is getting really close to the time when we start plants for transplanting after the last frost and we are busy trying to figure out or goals and objectives for this gardening year.
Please continue to send your family updates and news articles . . . I will try and keep those things up to date. Please forgive me if I am a bit slow at replying to email. It is not because I don't care.
Mike Dunton - 1/31/99 -- Edited 2/28/99
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