Henry Livingston, Jr.
1791 New-York Magazine; or Literary Repository

True accounts like this make Henry's satiric pieces like 'Honey-dew' more confusing

Van Deusen-Kosinski Collection

New-York Magazine; or, Literary Repository
June, 1791, p.510

The Tipling Mouse.

For the New-York Magazine.

The Tipling Mouse.

It has been asserted by some amateurs of natural history, that in their walk there is nothing little; and that the convolutions of a polype and the spouting of a whale, are alike important. To readers of this class the following facts may not appear altogether trivial.--

During the last harvest, I kept the rum which I provided for my labourers in a keg which held six or eight gallons, and took care to have the bung well stopped, leaving a vent hole scarce large enough to admit a straw. Very early one morning, as I was pouring the spirits out of the keg into a flask, I was surprized by seeing a mouse sitting on the cork which stopped the bung-hole, with his head, at the vent aperture, and within a few inches of my face. I had a quill in my hand, and with it slightly touched his back; upon which he rolled off the cask upon the floor, and in his awkward attempts to escape, manifested every appearance of intoxication. I killed him by crushing him with the cask. He appeared neither sick or emaciated; but undoubtedly got drunk by taking the fume of the liquor which arose through the small opening before mentioned.

Till this incident took place, it was believed that man alone was guilty of deliberate inebriation, but now it appears that he shares the infamy with a mouse!
August, 1791.

A lovely story up until the moment he does away with the mouse. In our household, mice are either freed outside or enscounced in a mouse house. But at least we can now confirm that Henry could have had a mouse in his house on that fateful Christmas eve.


Index of 1791 Volume

All Henry Livingston's Poetry,     All Clement Moore's Poetry     Historical Articles About Authorship

Illustrated 1823 Night Before Christmas

Many Ways to Read Henry Livingston's Poetry

Arguments,   Smoking Gun?,   Reindeer Names,   First Publication,   Early Variants  
Timeline Summary,   Witness Letters,   Quest to Prove Authorship,   Scholars,   Fiction  

   Book,   Slideshow,   Xmas,   Writing,   The Man,   Work,   Illos,   Music,   Genealogy,   Bios,   History,   Games  

Henry's Home

Mary's Home

IME logo Copyright © 2012, InterMedia Enterprises