As a continuation of #TempeTuesday
, this week’s installment includes the earliest known version of Tempe and her horse.
When: June 1871, although the author claimed the article originated from two lectures prepared in 1854
Source: An article in the Historical Magazine by Reverend Joseph F. Tuttle entitled “Washington in Morris-County, New Jersey” p. 369 ▪️
“On the North side of the parlor, is a door leading into the spare bed-room, with which is connected an amusing incident. Great difficulty was experienced, in the Spring of 1780, in procuring teams to remove the army stores, and horses for cavalry. Mr. Wicke’s daughter, Tempe, owned a beautiful young horse, which she frequently rode, and always with skill. She was an admirable and a bold rider. One day, as the preparation for removing the Army were progressing, Miss Wicke rode her favorite horse to the house of her brother-in-law, Mr. Leddel, on the road to Mendham; and, on her return, was accosted by some soldiers, who commanded her to dismount and let them take the horse…” Appearing to accept her fate, Tempe asked the soldiers to return him to her if possible and, either way, to treat him well. Caught off his guard and supposing she was about to dismount, the soldier holding the bridle loosened his grip, allowing Tempe to speed way “like an arrow.” She led the horse though the kitchen entrance…. “…thence into the parlor, and thence into the spare bed-room, which had but one window, and that on the West side. This was secured with a shutter. This soldiers, shortly after, came up, searched the barn and the wood, in vain. Miss Wicke saved her horse, by keeping him in that bed-room, three weeks, until the last troop was fairly off. The incident, which is authentic, shows the adroitness and courage of the young lady…” Tune in next Tuesday for the next rendition of Tempe’s life!
Photo credits to Eric Olsen
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