"Why not try a Google on the '6886' street address", I says to myself quite surprised by the notion. Sometimes only a knee-jerk surprise impulse can awaken my mind when it's emptiness resembles interstellar space. This fine-looking door from Bacons Castle Virginia left me charmed but totally lost for words.
One quick search and hits rolled in by the thousands. Page after page crowded with numbering gibberish. With but one extraordinary exception. Bartlett's Quotations (10th Edition, 1919) assigns number '6886' to line 183 from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Locksley Hall Sixty Years After": Yet the moonlight is the sunlight and the sun himself will pass.
Warily with fingers trembling, I printed the complete text, and cautiously began to read. Poetry has always baffled me, but it appears the subject stopped at Locksley Hall (around 1840) to reflect upon his long life and halcyon years there. With unrequited love, world war, major technological change:
There methinks would be enjoyment more than in this march of mind,
In the steamship, in the railway, in the thoughts that shake mankind.
After tonight, my eternal gratitude to the handsome door at Bacons Castle!
Title: © Bacons Castle Door. r0764-04
Series: Windows and Doors
Location: Sr 10 at Bacons Castle
Surry County, Va.
Date: Monday 21 November 1994