His marriage to Dorothy Park Benjamin in 1918, which perplexed most of his friends and relations, was quite possibly one attempt to improve his own position.
(11.) Dorothy Park Benjamin to Lloyd Brown, 2 May 1953, Peabody Institute Archives.
Neal reports on February 21, 1835, that Howe has left the New England Magazine and that Park Benjamin has joined it.
He is perhaps bantering with Park Benjamin for repeatedly featuring Hawthorne's work--and with Hawthorne, as well, who at the age of nearly thirty-one was still unrecognized.
Such phrases, as "Like a drunken sailor" and "Spending money like a sailor" no longer apply, for Jack to-day is steadier, more self-respecting and better behaved than the average man in his own walk in life on shore.(49) The scientific warrior of the future was one with his machine: "The machine-made officer will prove at least as unerring as the machines which control him and have modified his personality."(50) Park Benjamin
foresaw the automated battlefield, a time when the pushing of buttons would substitute for the bloody slogging of past wars: "What is wanted is the obliteration of everybody and everything except the electric nerves between the commander and the parts of the machine which he is to manage."(51)
The name was early given to a personification of the United States, and was explained by a sort of folk etymology as being due to the fact that General Washington greatly relied on the advice of his aide, Jonathan Trumbull, of whom he sometimes said, "We must consult Brother Jonathan." A weekly called Brother Jonathan was founded by Park Benjamin