[KS] Percival Lowell

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Wed Apr 8 00:04:19 EDT 2015

Again Percival Lowell / Haddo Gordon:

Dear Rob:

Okay now, my computer had some fun on his own over dinner, and he sends 
his greetings.
It compared about 10,000 English language documents of the 19th century 
on Korea for phrase and wording similarities, and now he now wants to 
convince me that Haddo Gordon is not Percival Lowell but William Elliot 
Griffis (OR someone imitating Griffis' writing -- which is well 
possible in this particular case). Griffis as the real author should 
not really come as a surprise either, or does it? 

Griffis was the only one that comes close to that _Lippincott's Monthly 
Magazine_ text. Phrases such as Party of "Young Corea," names like 
"Tai-Wen Kun," references such as 'Jewish merchant ernest Oppert" or 
"Dutch Jew Oppert" or the "vassalage of Corea" etc., in addition to 
lots of other details and an emphasis on Christian themes -- none of 
which points to Lowell but all is typical for Griffis' various writings.


Frank Hoffmann

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