In this episode we go in search of the tomb of Matilda Hoffman, the fiancé of New York’s first great writer, Washington Irving. She died in 1809 at the age of 17 just as Irving was finishing his History of New York. Join us as we search the East Village’s St. Mark’s in the Bowery church for the source of this tragic turn in a young couple’s love. As always, our amazing theme music was composed by Dylan Thurston. Find out more about his music at http://www.dylanthurston.com.
Here’s a Google Map of St. Mark’s. The Hoffman tomb is in the church yard to the east of the church:
Here is a sketch of Matilda Hoffman:
For more information on Matilda and Irving, check out Brian Jay Jones indispensable biography.