[Manuscript Journal] To My Own "Margie"

[Ithaca, NY: ca. 1917]. Wildly (and rather laughably) ardent diary dedicated to one Margie, "the only blessed, wonderful, loyal, fine, sweet, true, adorable, lovable, precious, beautiful, altogether lovely, incomparable, perfect little woman in God's great universe whom I ever have, ever can really love!!!!!!!!!!" While not pining for Margie, the author (who signs most of his entries "Magee") mentions that he was working on taking the state military census from his office at 302 N. Cayuga St. in Ithaca, New York, whose state military census was taken in 1917, Captain Leo H. McCall (nickname "Magee"?) acting as consultant. The author notes on June 13th that "I must march in the State Military...you probably saw that I am a captain love and it keeps me busy" (the local "Ithaca Journal" ran an article a week earlier on an enlistment rally held at the Lyceum). Serving his country is, however, only secondary to Magee's true passion, which is to dote on Margie. On the morning of Independence Day, Magee writes: "'Margie' all my own, my blessed, beautiful, beloved, dear, dear little love, my adorable sweetheart!!!!!! We are going on a family picnic with cousins to Taughannock Falls [the highest in Ithaca] today, honey, and you will be there with me, as you will always be 'someday' and how it be [sic] fun, dear, to have this lovely summer day & play and be happy together, and I have a hunch that 'Magee' and 'Margie' will [sneak?] away from the others for most of the day, sweetheart!!!!!!" Though never boring, always a little gag-worthy. It may be worth noting that we find a marriage license of a Leo McCall and Mary ["Margie"?] Burke, married in New York City in 1902, though this journal portrays a love younger, we imagine, than a marriage of seventeen years. However, a 1942 draft card filled out by 62-year-old Leo Horan McCall of Fairfield, Connecticut, reveals similarities in handwriting. Quarto (26cm); cloth tape-backed marbled boards, printed label to upper cover lettered in manuscript "I"; [210]pp. filled to completion. Some scuffing to board extremities, minor fraying at spine ends, front hinge starting to crack but holding, else Very Good and sound.

Price: $750.00

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