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Georgia, Telamon Cuyler Smith married Grace Thompson
Barton in 1900oo. The young lawyer and San Francisco heiress
had two children, a son named Barton Cuyler and a daughter,
who married a French nobleman in 1927. In 1905 Telamon
dropped the name "Smith" in order to perpetuate the less com-
mon name of his mother's line, Cuyler. This decision would
have attracted little attention except for the humor of a Georgia
writer, "Uncle Jack" Smith. This local colorist waged a noisy
and hilarious year-long battle to keep Telamon in the "Smith"
ranks. "Uncle Jack" sternly maintained that, after all, the com-
monplace "Smiths" needed someone "to represent them in the
realm of society . . . an authority on shirt-waists, what sort of
scarf pins to wear, and how to ride horseback." In 1913 Cuyler's
marriage ended in divorce, and his former wife took residence
in Paris with her daughter, the Countess de Mun. Settling down
in Georgia, Cuyler became a well-known historian, lawyer, and
writer. Eventually he retired to his plantation at Wayside, Georgia,
where he died on May 29, 1951, at the age of seventy-eight.
Young Telamon kept a record of what happened during this
trip and what he saw en route. A few months after his return
to Atlanta, he re-wrote this diary. These two versions are in the
manuscript collection at Emory University. Both are so filled
with teen-age grammatical errors that any verbatim reproduc-
tion would be of questionable value. What follows is a "cor-
rected" synthesis of these two accounts.*
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1888.
Left Atlanta at 1:30 p.m. There are 16 people in the party. The
car's number is the same number as Mr. Grady's house, which is
353. It is the private car of the vice-president of the Louisville &e
Nashville Rail Road. It seats to people at the table at once. We
had dinner at 2 o'clock. It was one of the best dinners that I have
ever eaten. We sat at the table 3 hours. We are in Chattanooga now
(6:45 p.m.). We are laying over here on account of a "busted"
bumper. Every body is in good spirits. My cough is very much
better. I have just finished a letter to Mama. I have high hopes
of a pleasant trip, so I will close this letter.
*I am indebted to Emory University for permission to publish this manuscript
and to Franklin Garrett and George W. Lower, Jr., both of Atlanta, for their kind
assistance in supplying information concerning Cuyler's career.
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