Trippings of Tom Pepper studies

This blog is named for a line in Charles F. Briggs’s novel The Trippings of Tom Pepper, and over at his new blog, LeavesofGrass, independent scholar Mitch Gould has identified the real-life person who may have been Briggs’s model for the character Friend Goodwill. Gould also has a fascinating
interview with scholar Olive Hoogenboom
, who speculates that two Unitarian businessmen who took the same last name and lived together in Brooklyn in the early 19th century may have been a gay couple. One of the two, Augustus Graham, founded an apprentices’ library that evolved into today’s Brooklyn Museum.