A Comic History of the United States, subtitled, "Copiously Illustrated by the Author from Sketches taken at a safe distance." was published in 1876. Its creative expressions touching on a broad range of historic events and significant milestones, makes for interesting reading over 142 years later. Its dedication:
"It seems the printer has left a blank place on this page for a “dedication.” In the early stages of this work, it is true, the author had thought of inscribing it to a wealthy aunt, (who has no other incumbrances,) but on more mature deliberation he has decided to send her instead a nice china shaving mug appropriately inscribed in gold letters, “Forget me Not.” It will look less pointed."