Crazy Fence

Did someone say fences? Have I got a whopper for you and it has one crazy story behind it.

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Postcard Doug Peabody - Click to Enlarge
The postcard you see here is of the Lord Timothy Dexter House in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It's of colonial style architecture having been built in 1771.

The statuary on the fence posts where commissioned by Dexter. Great notoriety of the day such as William Pitt, Thomas Gage, Lord Nelson and even Napoleon graced his fences. His own likeness was among the wooden carvings. It is known that the three figures above the central archway are of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. To show his eccentricity he had engraved on the arch the following: "I am the first in the east, the first in the west, and the greatest philosopher in the world."


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Dexter was a shipping agent sending merchandise throughout the world in the days when Newburyport was as great a seaport as Boston and Philadelphia. He made some very lucky deals. He sent bed warming pans to the West Indies. One wouldn't need to warm their bed in a tropical climate, but he was able to find someone that needed large ladles for molasses at a rum distillery there.

He also sent a shipful of coal, on poor advice, to Newcastle in the UK. Anyone that knows anything about the UK, and apparently Dexter didn't, they know that Newcastle is a center of coal mining industry. As Dexter's luck would have it, when his ship arrived in Newcastle all the coal miners were out on strike. His ship was gladly welcomed.

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Dexter Mansion Today - Photo: Google Earth Streetview
Before Dexter died he penned a book. He didn't have much education growing up and his spelling and grammar suffered. But people still read his manuscript entitled, "A Pickle for the Knowing Ones or Plain Truth in a Homespun Dress" which he published without punctuation marks. He self exclaims the he is a Lord even though the title holds no meaning in the United States:
IME the first Lord in the younited States of A mericary Now of Newburyport it is the voise of the peopel and I cant Help it and so Let it goue Now as I must be Lord there will foller many more Lords pretty soune for it dont hurt A Cat Nor the mouse Nor the son Nor the water Nor the Eare then goue on all is Easey...
Evidently people still read his book as there was a second printing in which he added another page to offer this sarcastic humor:
fouder mister printer the Nowing ones complane of my book the fust edition had no stops I put in A Nuf here and thay may peper and solt it as they plese,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...................................................,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......................................!!!!!!!!!............................................!!!!!!...............................................!...........................;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
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