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The Bible in the Wall

Tom said ...

There is a lengthy and intersting "Crocker & Cooper" catalog at the end of this; it starts with the following item ..

later it also has,

Who was M.C.O.?




Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 02:36
Martin Arhelger said ...

A poem, suggested by one of the last sayings of M. C. O. is already in Things New and Old 11(1868), p. 281, see . This also shows that M. C. O  was a sister. I think it refers to Miss M. C. Owen. Her book "What Little Hands Can Do" was also printed by Morrish. Another edition of this book (available in Europe through US-proxy-server): In a "SELECT LIST OF PUBLICATIONS FOR THE YOUNG" in "Faithful Words for Old and Young" 10 (1881) it is said to be "by the late M. C. Owen".


Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 05:43
Tom said ...

Very good Martin.

I've no idea who Mrs M. C. Owen was; There does happen to have been a Madeline Caroline Owen who died in 1868 in Islington (near C&C that is). She married in Devon in 1848, and interestingly the book (What Little Hands Can Do) appears to have been written in Devon (talks about Devonshire lanes), though this is all probably co-incidence.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 06:44
Tom said ...
Also she had a son "Herbert Molina Owen". A 'Herbert' is the main character of the book, though maybe I am being very fanciful in my speculation here!
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 06:56
Tom said ...
And the sister of this "Madeline Caroline Owen" was Fanny Emma Fitzgerald who married Henry Grattan Guinness.
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 07:08
Tom said ...

JND in the American letterbook writes to a "G. Owen"; 

The husband of this person I am looking at is "George Owen".

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 07:37
Tom said ...
Probably the same "G. Owen" referred to here;
so likely a London brother.
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 07:39
Tom said ...
George Owen was also on of the 9 brothers who investigated Darby's teachings on suffering (see Neatby). So suggests "G. Owen" was "George Owen".
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 19:43
Tom said ...

Somebody also brought this to my attention, that George Owen, who was a well known dentist, patented a copying press - this fits in with his family also being involved in the publishing work.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 : 23:55
Tom said ...

The tract about her death is in the British Library so Ill go up tomorrow and have a look; that should solve this mystery. The fact it is by G.O. though I think shows we are likely on the right track here.

“Carried like a child.” Fragmentary notes of the last hours of M. C. O., who departed to be with Christ, August 20th, 1868. [Signed: G. O.]

Friday, Feb 14, 2020 : 02:55
Tom said ...
Actually just noticed too that the date of death in the title also shows already that we have the right person.
Friday, Feb 14, 2020 : 04:46
Sean said ...
Hi! Thank you for sharing. These are my 3x great-grandparents. Tom, when you mentioned that the "tract about her death is in the British Library," what does this mean?
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 : 03:24
Tom said ...

Hi Sean, I meant the scan of

“Carried like a Child.” Fragmentary Notes of the Last Hours of M. C. O., who Departed to be with Christ, August 20th, 1868.

I obtained by going to the British Library and making a copy of it. I have not seen another copy.

The one mentioned in the back of this Bible in the Wall; "A Memorial of the Late M.C.O." may be a different item, but I have never seen that, and can't find anything by searching.



Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 : 03:27

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