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Chapter 59: 575-584

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Shelby Seat
See page 548.

Governor Sharpe
Horatio Sharpe (1718-1790) was Provincial Governor of Maryland from 1753 to 1768 under the Restored Proprietary Government. From WIKI

Mr. Joseph Warford
In December 1776, Joseph Warford was deeded 100 acres of land on which he laid out a village that was to become known as Warfordsburg. A large stone structure that served as the Warford home and tavern was built, though the building was destroyed by fire in 1947. Warfordsburg lies just north of the Mason-Dixon line in Union and Brush Creek Township in southern Fulton County, Pennsylvania, off Interstate 70 and readily accessible to U.S. Route 40, the historic National Road. From WIKI

Tom Hynes... Catherine Wheat... Baby
See this LINK

Frederick's Town
Frederick is a city in west-central Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Frederick County, the largest county by area in the state of Maryland... “Frederick Town” was laid out by Daniel Dulany (a land speculator) in 1745, and settled by a German immigrant party led by a young German Reformed schoolmaster from the Rhineland Palatinate named Johann Thomas Schley (d. 1790), who came to the Maryland colony with his wife, Maria Winz. They built the first house of the new town which into the 20th century stood at the northwest corner of Middle Alley and East Patrick Street. The settlement was founded upon a tract of land granted by Daniel Dulany on the banks of Carroll Creek. Within three years the settlement had become the county seat of Frederick County. It is uncertain which Frederick the town was named for, but the likeliest candidate is Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore. From WIKI

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the Kirk
The Kirk is an informal name for the Church of Scotland, the country's national church. The Kirk of Scotland was in official use as the name of the Church of Scotland until the 17th century, and still today the term is frequently used in the press and everyday speech, though seldom in the Church's own literature. However, Kirk Session is still the standard term in church law for the court of elders in the local parish, both in the Church of Scotland and in any of the other Scottish Presbyterian denominations. From WIKI

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Barney Johnson
Related to this guy, perhaps.

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Arnica Tea
Arnica montana has been used medicinally for centuries. The roots contain derivatives of thymol, which are used as fungicides and preservatives and may have some anti-inflammatory effect. Arnica is currently used in liniment and ointment preparations used for strains, sprains, and bruises. From WIKI

the Baby is suddenly become a Ball in a Game
Here we have record of the first game of American Football (though a bit more like Rugby), PA vs. MD. Also, if you havent yet, see THIS.

Shelbyites
If you just be happening to join us, followers of our boy Shelby, Pennsylvania style, see page 548.

Banshee
The Banshee, from the Irish bean sídhe [bʲæn ˈʃiː] ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds") is a female spirit [in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld]. From WIKI

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net
See page 356.

schlag
German- smack

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Tête-à-Tête
A face-to-face meeting, or private conversation between two people, usually in an intimate setting; a head-to-head. From WIKI

Avuncular Apparition
Couldnt this, besides Warford, also refer to Wicks who is telling the story? Much like the apparitions during Mason's nightwalking of the Lost Eleven Days, Wicks is somehow present, through his retelling of the tale...

desuperpollicates
Gives the thumbs up?

More likely thumbs down: 'de-' prefix is to reduce, as in lowering the thumb from an upward or upper position -what a turgid word.

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Conoloways White
Most likely moonshine that Conrad Wheat has made with water from Conoloways Creek.

Calathumpians
Calathumpian is used in a non-judgmental way to describe a religion or philosophy when it is relatively original, held by a small group, personally assembled, or not institutionalized. In addition it is sometimes used as a non-specific example of a religious or political persuasion. For instance "just because a Caluthumpian believes 'x', does not make it right". Calasthumpian (possibly apocryphal origin from Latin “calathus” = rubbish bin) is a description applied, sometimes pejoratively, to individuals who believe things that mainstream believers (at that time and place) tend to regard as rubbish. Sometimes spelled "callothumpian", "carathumpian" and "calisthumpian", amongst diverse variations. From WIKI

More likely to mean Callithumpian, as the passage describes a band of drums, pentatonically-tuned cowbells, &c. Callithumpian refers to a member of a discordant, though not necessarily talentless band of musicians, or, as an adjective, means designating, resembling, or pertaining to such a band. Either a rare mistake by Pynchon the logophile, or an allusion that yet alludes me.

Braddock's Defeat
See page 330.

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"The Black Joke"
The Black Joke, sometimes spelled Black Joak, was a bawdy song heard in London around 1730. William Hogarth referenced the song in the Tavern Scene of A Rake's Progress. The lyrics and tune apparently gave rise to variations from 1730 onwards, such as the White Joak and so forth. From WIKI See LYRICS HERE

The Day and its Demands
Again, touching on a main theme in ATD--Finding (or creating) happiness and joy against the unavoidable strife and responsibilities of daily living.

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Defiles
Defile is a geographic term for a narrow pass or gorge between mountains or hills. It has its origins as a military description of a pass through which troops can march only in a narrow column or with a narrow front. From WIKI

Grandfather Cresap
See page 277.

Annotations Index

One:
Latitudes and Departures

1: 5-11, 2: 12-13, 3: 14-29, 4: 30-41, 5: 42-46, 6: 47-57, 7: 58-76, 8: 77-86, 9: 87-93, 10: 94-104, 11: 105-115, 12: 116-124, 13: 125-145, 14: 146-157, 15: 158-166, 16: 167-174, 17: 175-182, 18: 183-189, 19: 190-198, 20: 199-206, 21: 207-214, 22: 215-227, 23: 228-237, 24: 238-245, 25: 245-253


Two:
America

26: 257-265, 27: 266-274, 28: 275-288, 29: 289-295, 30: 296-301, 31: 302-314, 32: 315-326, 33: 327-340, 34: 341-348, 35: 349-361, 36: 362-370, 37: 371-381, 38: 382-390, 39: 391-398, 40: 399-409, 41: 410-421, 42: 422-435, 43: 436-439, 44: 440-447, 45: 448-451, 46: 452-459, 47: 460-465, 48: 466-475, 49: 476-483, 50: 484-490, 51: 491-498, 52: 499-510, 53: 511-524, 54: 525-541, 55: 542-553, 56: 554-561, 57: 562-569, 58: 570-574, 59: 575-584, 60: 585-596, 61: 597-607, 62: 608-617, 63: 618-622, 64: 623-628, 65: 629-632, 66: 633-645, 67: 646-657, 68: 658-664, 69: 665-677, 70: 678-686, 71: 687-693, 72: 694-705, 73: 706-713

Three:
Last Transit

74: 717-732, 75: 733-743, 76: 744-748, 77: 749-757, 78: 758-773

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