Gary, Cindy's book is on my short list and several people have told me it was a signifigant contribution to the field. I was aware that Peabody, in general, viewed the Earps favorably as far as their activities in Tombstone. I would imagine that a great number of the Earps supporters in the business community attended Peabody's church. My comment above was directed at Cindy's statement that Peabody's support vindicayed Wyatt's "life". I doubt the good reverend would have been too impressed with Wyatt's ties to prostitution during his life (Peoria, Wichita, Dodge City War and possibly in Nome). Thanks for your response, Gary. The quotes from Rev. P's diary make me want the book more than ever.
Bob, You really should read this book. Peabody did not arrive in Tombstone until January 1882. He left in July, 1882. So he was there during the turmoil of the vendetta. In 1925, he described the... more
Gary, I did read Cindy's book on Peabody's diaries and found it quite interesting and revealing about the man. However, on the quotes you offered regarding his comments on Earp's exit from Tombstone, ... more
Joyce, I find diaries frequently frustrating because of what is NOT said. Most are written for one's self with no intent to share, so what IS shared is frequently important because it tells us what... more
Hello Gary, There's a great deal of merit in what you say and much I have to agree with. But you do make my point that Peabody's viewpoint was likely more built on the views of the company he kept... more
Most will agree that Soapy Smith was not one of the "good" guys...yet in my research there are at least two priests that had good things to say about the man...and not so good things about lawmen.... more
I think that we are all forgetting that my comments and critical evaluations are based on and should be contained in the context of a discussion on the opening post from Tucson Bernie. Here Peabody,... more
in your posts you didn't disagree with Cindy and suggest that she overstated the case; you attacked Peabody. That led inevitably to the rest. And I fail to see what in Peabody's behavior in Tombstone ... more