Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P.B.

In the 1850s and early 1860s, Mortimer Thomson was the most celebrated comic writer of his day.
He exploded on the scene when friends of his submitted his humorous letters to a newspaper, and the public flocked to buy his whacky and irreverent writings.
He traveled around with illustrator Thomas Nast to write humorously slanted reports of events,
he wrote daily police reports in rhyme, and he threw himself into everything he covered with a passion little seen before in a journalist.
In 1857 he disguised himself as a plantation owner, and wrote about the largest slave auction in American history on the train back to New York from Georgia.
His article, The Crying Time, was widely reprinted as a pamphlet by anti-slavery groups, and may have helped tip the balance in Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860.
While covering the Civil War, the southern states had a price on his head, and he pretended to be a chaplain for the New York 26th Regiment.
Both of his young wives (his second wife was the daughter of Fanny Fern)
died not long after giving birth, and Thomson himself had his ribs shattered beyond repair taking a bullet for a popular officer.
After the war, he attempted to write humor again, but his heart was not in it, and he faded from public view.
Still, he left a legacy of brilliantly funny stories and poems, and we will try to read more of them in the future.

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636 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Doesticks On A Bender- 1855
637 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Seeking A Fortune - Railroad Felicities - 1855
638 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Seeing the Lions - Barnum's Museum - 1855
639 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - The Potency of Groton Water, or an Aqueous Quality Hitherto Unknown - 1855
643 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - How Doesticks Came to Think of It - AND - A New Patent Medicine Operation - 1855
644 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Police Adventures - Disappointed Love - 1855
645 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Cupid in Cold Weather - Valentine's Day - 1855
646 Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) - Police Adventures - Mayor Wood Around - 1855
933 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks on Popular Preachers - 1856
934 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Respectfully Inquireth -- What Do the Women Want us to Do about the War? - 1861
935 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - How Philander Doesticks became a Broken-in Husband - 1858
936 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - A Muffin Game - 1866
947 New Years Stories - Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - New Years Day in New York - 1855
1120 Mortimer Thomson - Doesticks on 'Shoddy' - 1861
1375 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Reporting for the Tribune - 1855
1376Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks on Boston - 1857
1377 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Bets on Pennsylvania - 1856
1378 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - In A Storm - 1864
1379 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Hears a Popular Preacher - 1856

1683Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks in Love - 1855
1758 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - What Doesticks' Wife Wanted - 1861
1759 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Sees the Millerites - 1854
1760 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks Sees the American Tragedian - 1854
1761 Mortimer Thomson (Philander Doesticks) - Doesticks is Presented With A Shanghai by the 'Young 'Un' - 1855

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