A soliloquy by Martin Van Buren Bligh, 1904

Photo of Martin van Buren Bligh, date unknown
Handwritten poem by Martin Van Buren Bligh, 1904

Martin Van Buren Bligh was born in New York in 1833 and probably moved to Brighton after his marriage to Octavia Louisa Passingham in 1866.

Martin was known in later life for recounting stories about his varied life experiences and in 1904, at the age of 71, while living at 24 Queens Gardens, Brighton, he wrote a poem – a ‘soliloquy’ – about his life.

This poem has been shared with the Letter in the Attic project by Yvonne Bligh.

Sauerkraut, frog and bear

“Have travers’d Europe far & near,
And dined with Parson, Prince & Peer;
Of ‘Dainty Dishes’ – had my share –
(Sauer-Kraut, Grill’d Frog, and Bear)”

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  • I belive this may be my G/G/Grandfather who left the USA in the early 1860s. Would like to get in contact with any family members.

    By John (Jack) Taberner (05/03/2011)

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