PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

THE CIVIL WAR YEARS

Ballooning After the Civil War

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper - October 21, 1865



Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper - October 21, 1865


Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper - October 21, 1865


Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper - October 21, 1865

(Lance Ferm Collection)

Final Event as Aeronaut - 1866 Wedding in the Sky

Library of Congress - Courtesy of University of Eastern Oregon Professor Carol Lauritzen


Final Event as Aeronaut - 1866 Wedding in the Sky

Memoirs of Thaddeus S.C. Lowe - Edited by Michael Jaeger and Carol Lauritzen

CHAPTER XXV

THE CLOSE OF MY CAREER AS AN AERONAUT

My career as an Aeronaut closed with a very happy incident. My friend, Mr. John F. Boynton - a scientist of note - and his intended bride, proposed that their marriage take place above the clouds.

I was delighted and immediately set to work to provide a suitable setting for the happy event. I enclosed the car of the balloon with curtains in a way to afford protection and yet not obscure the view, and the interior, capable of holding several persons was fitted with comfortable chairs.

As Mr. Boynton was coming from Syracuse, he asked me to make all necessary arrangements and procure a clergyman to perform the ceremony, and wishing the event to pass off with all due éclats, I decided to ask Henry Ward Beecher and was given a letter of introduction to him by Theodore Tilton of the "Independent", he being one of the noted Journalists of the day. The letter follows.

THE INDEPENDENT,
Editorial Rooms,
No. 3 Bechman St., New York.
Oct 31, 1866.

My dear Mr. Beecher:

This is to introduce Prof. Lowe, whom you know as the aeronaut. On Saturday next a wedding is to take place in the clouds, provided you or some other clergyman will go up and perform the ceremony. I advise you to do it. It will carry you nearer to heaven than most ministers are likely to get!

Ever yours,

T.T.

But Mr. Beecher who had often sung vociferously "Shall I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease" did not wish to be carried there by any means and preferred to keep his feet firmly planted on Terre Firma. So it was arranged the wedding should take place at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, and a trip in the balloon should immediately follow.

As we sailed high over cities, hills, valleys and rivers, and came to earth with the sunset, the happy couple expressed themselves as delighted with the initial trip of their honeymoon, and I added this happy memory to the store on which my mind often dwells now that I have reached the evening of my life.


INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES