Select Solomon Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- The Wisdom of Solomon
- Bert Solomon the Rugby Player
- Simeon Solomon the Painter
- Solomon’s Island
- The Narrative of Lewis Solomone
- Nathaniel, Phoebe, and Saul Solomon
- Saul and Georgiana Solomon
The Wisdom of Solomon
Bible credits Solomon as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem and
portrays him as great in wisdom, wealth, and power.
Solomon, two women came before Solomon to resolve a quarrel over which
true mother of a baby. When Solomon
suggested they should divide the living child in two with a sword, one
said she would rather give up the child than see it killed. Solomon
declared the woman who showed compassion to be the true mother, and
baby to her.
Bert Solomon the Rugby Player
was born at Treleigh in west Cornwall in 1885, one of several children
into a poor but close-knit mining family.
He left school at 12 and found an unskilled job in a local bacon
factory. During his teenage years he was
introduced into the world of racing pigeons by his father.
Pigeon-fancying became his prime
interest. But he was somehow persuaded
to join the local rugby club and try his hand.
his exceptional rugby talent emerged for all to witness and by the
time he had reached 21 he had become a seasoned county player. His skills were extraordinary.
He was said to have invented and perfected
the dummy. In the 1908 county
championship final against Durham he almost single-handedly won the
He was capped by England
against Wales in 1910 but declined further international caps. He also declined a hefty fee to play Rugby
League in the north of England.
solitary character who liked nothing better than his pigeons. Sometimes he refused to play for his team
Redruth if his pigeons were still out; and he often had to be cajoled
playing. Such was his skill that he apparently made a difference
of a thousand
in the crowd.
Simeon Solomon the Painter
Solomon was the eighth and last child born to
merchant Michael Solomon and his artist wife Catherine.
As a student at the Royal Academy, Simeon was
introduced to members of the Pre-Raphaelite painting school, as well as
poet Swinburne. His first exhibition
was at the Royal Academy in 1858. He continued to hold exhibitions of
at the Royal Academy between 1858 and 1872.
His association with Swinburne led to his illustrating
Swinburne’s Lesbia Brandon in 1865.
However, his budding career was cut short in
1873 when he was arrested in a public toilet in London and charged with
an attempt to commit sodomy. He was a
marked man and further arrests followed.
In 1884 he was committed to the workhouse where his life and
blighted by alcoholism. Twenty years
later, he died from complications brought on by this alcoholism.
as Bourne’s and Somervell’s Island, Solomon’s Island in Maryland took
from a 19th century Baltimore oyster packer named Isaac Solomon who
a cannery there shortly after the Civil
was he who gave the island its
new name, advertising his
canning establishment as “Solomons
operated a fleet of
schooners which plied between there and the mainland.
1870 the community received official recognition when the United States
Service opened an office.
home still stands
on the front of the island.
The Narrative of Lewis
narrative began as follows:
Lewis Solomon – spelled L-e-w-i-s, though they call me Louie. I
was born on
Drummond Island in 1821, moved to St. Joseph Island in 1825, back to
Island again, and then to Penetanguishene in 1829.
father’s name was William Solomon,
Government interpreter. His father, Ezekiel Solomon, was born in
the city of
Berlin in Germany, came to Montreal and went up to the “Sault.” My father was appointed Indian interpreter by
the British Government and was at Mackinaw during the War of 1812, then
to Drummond Island with the British forces, and afterwards to
Phoebe, and Saul Solomon
the early 1790’s a ship bound for India dropped
anchor off the Port of Jamestown on the island. A young man was carried
to die. The ship sailed on and the young man, Saul Solomon, remained
not to die
but to become one of the most influential men on the island. Within a few years Saul was joined in St
Helena by his brothers, Benjamin, Edward, and Charles.
had come from a respected Anglo-Jewish
mercantile family who had lived in Kent for many generations. They had
substantial interests, not only in England, but also on the Continent.
or thereabouts his father Nathaniel visited Leyden in Holland where he
in love with, and married a young Dutch girl named Phoebe de Mitz. She was just fourteen years old at the time. Yet Phoebe returned with him as a bride to
England and, by the time she was forty, had produced eighteen children.
death Phoebe moved to London where she lived on in some style until her
Town in 1873, Georgiana Thomson, a recent arrival from Scotland, met
Solomon, the proprietor of the Cape
Argus, a member of the legislative assembly for Cape
Town, and a noted liberal and philanthropist.
found themselves in close
accord, both intellectually and emotionally, and, despite a
difference in age (she being twenty-nine and he fifty-six), they were
at his home at Clarensville on Sea
Point the next year. The marriage
out to be a happy one, producing four sons and two daughters.
her marriage into the extended Solomon
family, Georgiana became a member of a circle of educated, enlightened,
politically active women at the Cape.
She would speak at temperance meetings and was elected president
World’s Temperance Union at the Cape.
Sharing her husband’s commitment to moral reform, she became
president of the Social Purity Alliance in Cape Town and campaigned
successfully against an attempt to reintroduce the Contagious
In 1888, following
a breakdown in Saul Solomon’s health (in which the drowning of their
daughter in 1881 had been a contributory factor), the family left for
England. Four years later, Saul Solomon
her alone to bring up the children in England. She
continued to watch political
developments in South Africa closely and lived
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