Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 16

Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...his associates was the artist Peter Grosh, to whom he gave hints as to the mixing of colors. In his capacity as tourist he visited England, and later on, as an "Oriental Tourist," he visited the Holy Land. By this time his religious fervor had unbalanced his mind, and when within a few days' journey of Jerusalem he was found by a band of roving Bedouins on the desert., weary and footsore, suffering from fever. The Arabs soon noticed that Landis was of unsound mind, and, having a religious reverence for such unfortunate children of Allah, they carried him to Alexandria, from which point the American Consul returned him to the United States. Despite the winning not only of his lottery prize, but of his "triumph over Du Solle and Geo. R. Graham in his ii. fa. suit for $10,000, for libels, in 1845," he was very poor in the latter days of his erratic life. It is said by some that the world is willing to accept you at your own valuation of yourself. Considering himself "an artist of indubitable inspiration, by consequence of inspired poems and paintings," he, nevertheless, was "refused money and patronage and compelled often to live on dry bread and water." At ome time he braided straw hats for a living in a smith shop he occupied in the vicinity of Chambersburg, and came near being burned to death by the straw catching fire while he was in bed one night. In person John Landis was of ordinary height and weight, with pale, swarthy complexion, and dark, melancholy eyes. He was quiet and unoffending, never profane in his language, and abstained from drink and tobacco. In brief, he was a religious fanatic of the Dunker type, and wore a broadbrim hat, long surtout, long hair and beard and looked...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885139
  • 9781236885135