Jack, Thanks for responding.I believe I may have found your post to sell the book on line elsewhere in the past week. Could that be right?I had found one copy that had such an inscription and similar details about finding it in Washington state.I haven't had time to deal with that since, because of Christmas activities, but I still have that email I was sent.
I don't know WHO Brigy/Bribby might be.
Charlotte Hay Meredith was the daughter of the sister of my husband's 3rd great grandmother.She appears to have had some literary success locally in the Peoria, Illinois area, having written for the local paper.The Mrs. Linthicum stories she wrote as a series for the paper, (The Star) were compiled into the book you have, according to her obit.She also wrote a book of poems which I'd like to get hold of.It will be considerably harder to find an existing copy I think...because though it was published by a Chicago firm, the 60 some pages were tied together with a ribbon as the binding!!!I know of one copy in the hands of a descendant.There are a few copies of the Mrs. Linthicum book out and about on the web..probably others in antique book stores...as it appears to be bound in a more sturdy/normal fashion.
Charlotte Hay Meredith's mother was Louisa Gausmann, a German,who married John Fletcher Hay Sr., an Englishman in St. Louis.Her mother died on Christmas Eve of a heart attack when Charlotte was 9 and her father died when she was about 16.She married Joseph Wheeler Meredith in Peoria, Illinois and had 5-6 kids, but was left a widow before 1900.She apparently supported herself by writing for the Peoria newspapers. Her sister, Mary Hay, never married, was a school teacher in Peoria.One of her brother's sons made his way out to Oregon and Washington....which ~may~ explain why you found a copy of the Mrs. Linthicum book in a flea market in Washington. Or...it may have just been a copy floating out there from an unrelated person.I will check with the family and see if anybody recognizes the nicname, Bribby/Brigy.
I have done extensive research into the Gausmann and Hay families...and have no information I've come across on the name Linthicum.I do believe that Charlotte may have just picked up the name to use, though I know considerably less about the Meredith family.However, I've recently been in touch with a very nice lady who has the book of poems, and she is well aware of the Mrs. Linthicum book (she bought a copy on the web), but has not mentioned any Linthicums in the Meredith family, a family she has researched extensively.
I may be in touch with you after the holidays about the book if you are the one who had it for sale.Just can't deal with it right now for obvious reasons.