Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
T'was The Night Before Christmas
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads"
Written in 1822 by
Dr. Clement C. Moore
for his children
and first published
on this site
The Troy Sentinel
23 December 1823
225 River Street - Troy, NY
Location. 42° 43.874′ N, 73° 41.586′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is on River Street near 1st Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is at the left hand side of the building at 225 River Street. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rescue of Charles Nalle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uncle Sam Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locking Through (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uncle Sam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayor James F. Cavanaugh (approx. ¼ mile away); History of 1819 Fifth Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great Fire of 1862 (approx. 0.3 miles away); W & L E Gurley Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Troy.
Regarding T'was The Night Before Christmas. "Account of A Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas", or "Twas the Night Before Christmas", from its opening line, is a poem first published anonymously by the Troy Sentinel in 1823. It is largely responsible for the conception of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today.
Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779–July 10, 1863) a wealthy Manhattan biblical scholar is the credited author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. Moore was famous in his day as a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and a professor of Biblical learning in the General Theological Seminary in New York in from 1821 to 1850 were he compiled a two volume Hebrew dictionary.
Legend has it that Moore composed "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for the amusement of his six children on Christmas Eve of 1822, during a sleigh-ride home from Greenwich Village, where he went to purchase a goose for a charity basket . He supposedly drew inspiration for the elfin, pot-bellied St. Nick in his poem from the roly-poly Dutchman who was a neighbor. But from what we know of Clement Moore, it's much more likely that he found his imagery in literary sources, most notably Washington Irving's satirical Knickerbocker
Tradition tells that a relative of Moore's, Miss Harriet Butler, a holiday visitor to the Moore home, took a copy of the poem home with her to Troy, New York where the next year it was anonymously submitted to The Sentinel for publication. Moore himself claimed authorship of the poem in 1844 after the urging of his family following the poem's growing popularity. Later on Moore bequeathed the mahogany bureau desk on which he composed the poem to Miss Butler due to her fondness of the poem. The desk is in the possession of the New York Historical Society.
The Troy Sentinel was a relatively short lived newspaper, published from 1823 to 1832 at 225 River Street in Troy, New York. Norman Tuttle was the publisher. Orville Luther Holley was an 1813 Harvard graduate practicing law before becoming the Editor of the Sentinel in July of 1823, where he pledged The Sentinel would "contain a greater proportion than is usual of original and selected literary and scientific matter." He invited readers to send in contributions, and received the poem anonymously. He wrote an introduction to the poem which read:
"There is, to our apprehension,
Literary sleuth Don Foster, an English professor at Vassar College, claims the poem's spirit and style are starkly at odds with the body of Moore's other writings and more closely matches the views and verse of author Henry Livingston Jr., a gentleman-poet of Dutch descent who lived in Poughkeepsie, New York.
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Also see . . . The Original Text published in the Troy Sentinel. Notice the names of the two reindeer in line number 22, as originally printed, "...Dunder and Blixem; " which are Dutch & German for Thunder and Lightning.
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