Look What I Found in My Mailbox Today!

I went to my Messiah College mailbox today and found a package from my old graduate school friend Thomas Beal.  Tom teaches history at SUNY-Oneonta and edits New York History journal. Inside the package was a copy of the original hard-bound volume of the 1943 Hunter Dickinson Farish edition of the Virginia diary of Philip Vickers Fithian. Believe it or not, I have never seen a copy of this book with the dust jacket. Tom said he “rescued it” from a used book store.  What a gift!  Thanks, Tom.

If you want to learn more about Philip Vickers Fithian I would encourage you to read the diary as well as this book.  I have heard that both are pretty good.