Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Image courtesy of the author Justin Martin
In the care of the Special Collections of Schaffer Library, Union College, Schenectady

The true use of ancestors is not slavish; we do not want them for authority, but for solace. If my grandfather could come back, he certainly would be too much of a gentleman to sit down on my hat or put his feet on my piano; and how much less would he crush my convictions or trample on my opinions! {…} What roars of laughter would applaud his recollection of jokes uttered by some playmate of his boyhood. They would seem so droll to us at the distance of a hundred years, though a contemporary might have uttered them without raising a smile on our faces.

– Fitz Hugh Ludlow, “The Proper Use of Grandfathers”

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