At times I like brooding - maybe in another life I was a hen.
- Dear Ken, dear Polk-Appreciators,
Now that I finished reading Polk's diary I find myself utterly unfit
to share the thoughts that really move me. My participation in this
newsgroup kept me occupied with a subject that I might have laid
aside months ago for want of communication about it. Continuing my
studies I learned so much that I do not know where to begin to tell
about it. This difficulty could be overcome by boldly beginning
anywhere if it weren't for the trouble that my thinking about Polk
has become dead serious and gravely philosophical. I do not think
that a newsgroup in the web is the right place for displaying such
thinking, however appropriate it may be in the case of a man like
Polk and a story like his life.
So I decided to wait for the emerging of such a thing as my final
opinion on Polk. Maybe it will be communicable, but maybe it will
not. So far, I came to the conclusion that it is necessary to
consider religion if one wants to understand James Knox Polk, the
son of a deeply religious and very influential mother. But just
religion seems to be a topic that is not fit for being discussed in
a newsgroup. Maybe I should even excuse for speaking about it and I
will not do it again.
Anyway, participating in this newsgroup has enriched my life, and I
am very grateful to you for that. I may choose to withdraw from
writing further messages, but it will certainly not be for a lack of
Besides revelling in serious stuff I'm still mighty pleased with
finding Polk-trivia. I always wanted to know how Polk's voice
sounded. Now I learned that his wife found it soft and melodious.
She said so in a letter to her mother in which she called the
President "Jim", admired his speeches as beautifully delivered and
described his manner as "always so quiet, calm and dignified, yet
clear and commanding". As for Mr. Polk's speeches I cannot believe
her, but as for his manner provided there were no office-seekers
around - she may be right.
With kind regards