1833 James Freeman's Course of Lessons in MensuratioAccording to oscience.info/math-formulas/mensuration-formulas/, Mensuration is the branch of mathematics which deals with the study of geometric shapes, their area, volume and different parameters in geometric objects. This is more commonly known as a branch of measurement for those of us less mathematically inclined.
n - Title Page
Whether this is a school textbook or a workbook is unknown. It all appears to be done in ink and has 28 numbered pages followed by another 44 pages, for a total of 72 pages. There are occasional illustrations as shown on the title page above which don't seem to fit with the book's theme. Though other illustrations, e.g. a picture of a worm on a page with a word problem about apples, appear more relevant. There are also occasional notes (doodles) done in the same handwriting, e.g. "Snow 5 inches deep and sleighing on this day" surrounded by squiggle marks. On a blank page are the names of Miss Birdie Ballentine and Alex Ballentine along with names of two other boys. The oldest of James' grandchildren (Nathaniel's older sister) was Virginia "Byrd" Ballantyne Walmer Daley 1865-1947. Alex – Charles Alexander Ballantyne, 1875-1957, was Nathaniel's youngest brother. Seems somewhat strange that Ballantyne is misspelled, though may have been written by one of the other boys. Irene and children's last name is spelled Balentine in the 1880 census.
1833 James Freeman's Course of Lessons in Mensuratio
n - Frontispiece.
Note the sewn binding on the right margin.
Two fifths of a liquid that in Egypt is found
One fourth of a fruit that grows not far from the ground
One third of an article that useful to man
Two thirds of a fluid that use on the ocean
One fifth of a fruit that in Asia doth grow
One sixth of a river that in Europe doth flow
One seventh of a bird that is rare to be found
One third of a fruit grown on american ground
These letters taken compactly and put in a row
will spell a celebrated and virtuos hero
Three fifths of a name that is plenty
One eight of a river that is in kentucky,
One fourth of a fruit not far from the ground doth grow
Two sevenths of a lake that in America doth flow
These letters taken and put in a row
Will spell a celebrated and virtuos Hero
Will spella celebrated a [in another hand?]
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Anyone care to solve this riddle/poem? Please let me know if you know the answer.
In an effort to be a better transcriber, I'm trying to provide a "true" transcript – one that doesn't correct the spelling or grammar, etc. This does not help with my typos or sometimes poor efforts of proofreading, so please forgive any errors on my part or in the original. I need to correct the erros of my ways, if I intend to become a Board-certified genealogist.
*Another family tree on ancestry.com lists 1820 as the birth year of James L. Freeman, probably based on the 1880 census which shows James 60, as head of household living with his daughter [Virginia] Irene, and her four children, Birdie 12, Nathaniel 10, James 9, and Alex B. [Charles Alexander] 4. I need to look through our family history records (may have a copy of his obituary) and/or talk to our 2nd cousins, Pat Kessel or Mary Frances Gavey to see what verification of James Freeman's dates can be found.