EMILY GEIGER, a set of source documents
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This material was submitted by Ms. Sara Texas Geiger-Geiger, and others, for inclusion on this web page at my request. All material contained herein is copyright ©2002, all rights reserved. Many thanks to Ms. Geiger, and all contributors, for submitting this wonderful set of material, and graciously permitting it to be posted to the web! This is simply a treasure trove of material! We also owe multitudes of gratitude to Ms. Helen Skinner for obtaining this material for us from Ms. Geiger. Others have subsequently added to this material, and indeed continue to do so. Ms. Harriet Imrey has made innumberable excellent additions and corrections to this material. It is people like her who make such web sections excel! My hat is off to her, and all of the wonderful people who have contributed. I am but the mechanic that makes it available! Blessed be America for providing such an environment for us all!
Full References courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.
As a scientist, I must caution any of you using these documents for school work, that Mr. Salley is correct on one point. None of these documents survive the test of scientific validity as original source documents, as presented. The original wedding invitation would have to be examined by someone who could judge the authenticity. That said, methinks Mr. Salley doth protest too much! Even if that invitation is authentic, it of course, does not prove the reality of Emily's Ride. Some background reading on oral history would be appropriate. Note that given the temper of the times, it was decidedly unladylike to have done what Emily is reputed to have done. That alone is a pretty strong argument that beneath the surface of this tradition, Emily Geiger did perform an intelligence function something like that described. Mr. Salley's almost bizarre protests lend credence to the family tradition of him having been a suitor spurned.
I have run these copies through my OCR software, and all digitization errors are my errors alone, and are not to be attributed to the original authors. Please tell me where you find errors, apparent errors, and probable errors. Please send full original references for these articles if you have them or can locate them. Thanks in advance, Dr. Frank O. Clark, webmaster.
I have also added to this site, text from "South Carolina, A History," by Walter Edgar, University of South Carolina Press (kindly supplied by, once again, Helen Skinner!).
It would be greatly appreciated if someone would track down precisely where and when each of these made its way into print. Would some of you teachers assign this as a project, and forward copies of the originals to me, with full complete references? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Dr. Frank O. Clark, webmaster.