Provenance

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Beloit’s copy of the Chronicle, despite its being a mass-produced text, contains its own idiosyncratic features. One of the first questions to ask when confronting a book of this age is: Who owned it? In addition to former Beloit College trustee George Parker, who purchased the Chronicle in the 1960s before donating it to the college in 2001, the names of two former owners are, at least partially in one of the cases, known. One owner was clearly the Honorable Hugh Howard; the other, unfortunately, is partly obscured by Hugh Howard’s bookplate (click the above image to reveal the writing). We can make out a date, April 24th, 1868, and the last part of what might be the owner’s name: perhaps ‘inton’, though why the ‘i’ should have two dots over it is still a mystery.