Ken Patton in Japan:
"We treasured his friendship, his tremendous enthusiasm for
art, beauty and a good argument."
- tribute by Ken's long time friends Ken and Visakha Kawasaki; who were kind enough to send this photo
To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect....
Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1
Ken Patton, Bacon enthusiast and spearhaker, died in San Diego on July 15, 2002 at the age of 73 due to heart failure.
Ken was originally from Texas and served time in the US Air force in the late 1940's and was stationed in Japan where he learned the Japanese language. Later on Ken became a very talented pianist and played professionally in the finest Japanese hotels. Ken also earned a living teaching piano. He later moved to NYC and worked as a fine typographer for a number of years and produced a beautiful Pali font and then donated it to Buddhist Relief Mission. It is in use around the world according to Ken's good friends Ken and Visakha Kawasaki who studied Chinese and Japanese Buddhism together while in Japan.
Ken had a long term interest in the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy. Over 50 years. He told me he had a period of time in which he was neutral, was for a short time in the Oxfordian camp and then became a staunch Baconian who was interested in exposing the shortcomings in William Friedman's book, The Shakespeare Ciphers Examined and it can be found in his online book on sirbacon.org Setting the Record Straight. Ken was working on a manuscript debunking the Bi-literal cipher (Bye-Bye-Biliteral Cipher) the research of Elizabeth Gallup whom he considered to have made several key mistakes. Sirbacon.org will eventually be presenting part of this manuscript.
Ken had a sharp sword toward finding falsehood among Baconians, Oxfordians, Statfordians and sometimes in his emails to me referred to himself as "William Rattlesword." With his background as a typographer it's no suprise that he took such a great interest in exposing the writing of Elizaeth Wells Gallup. What follows are some excerpts from Ken's email correspondence with me on various authorship subjects.-Lawrence Gerald
On Elizabeth Galllup :
"...there is one simple typographical element invariable used in all the Bacon works, (and every other book typeset between 1540 and c. 1980) which make use of the Bi-Literal Cypher (BLC) absolutely impossible. And I am sorry to have to report to you that our favorite Baconian, the passionate and unrelenting Alfred Dodd, two or three times wrote -- absolutely erroneously -- that Bacon intended the BLC to be used in printed works. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was intended only to be used in handwritten messages! He says so in the 1623 De Augmentis, in plain, ordinary everyday Latin. I'm really sort of "on fire" to get to writing this one. It's really boiling in me brain.
I will brook no BS. I am a Baconian refuting a Baconian! Unheard of!
on New Converts
With 50 years as a Baconian behind me, I find it most satisfying when new "converts" appear, apparently untainted with the ridiculous Oxfordian stupidity....Now, if you do not mind a word of caution from an ancient Baconian, I do hope that you know that being a Baconian does not mean that one is totally involved in the mystery and intrigue of secret messages infolded in Shakespeare's works, and spend all your time looking for such. Doing so is fine, of course, but there is much more to being a Baconian than that. I have often thought I should write "A Baconian Primer" for beginners. Just might do it some day.
If you are interested I can give you a list of books you should read FIRST (if you haven't already read them). Most of these books are 19th-Century publications, but copies are still available, and can be ordered from sites on the internet. First and foremost are the books by Alfred Dodd: The Marriage of Elizabeth Tudor; The Sonnet Diary of Francis Bacon; The Tragedy of Francis Bacon (Harold Bayley); etc., which finally brought real meaning to the Shakespeare Sonnets, which had puzzled me for years. There is so much to read, so many wonderful books by all those incredible 19th-Century British and American Baconians that you are in for a real treat.
On William H. Dixon.
The best Bacon biography BY FAR AND GONE is the William Hepworth Dixon biography. Almost all of his source material is from the State Papers Office, which, until he convinced the British Government to open the old state papers for scholarly study....
On Thomas Babington Macaulay :
he wrote a defamatory essay about Bacon.
I have long had in mind to write a refutation of that pernicious essay, disproving it paragraph by paragraph, and including the Dixon biography for reference to the notes. That's what is really needed. That would provide three much-needed works in one book -- the Macaulay essay, it's refutation, and the best Bacon biography to boot.
On Alfred Dodd
Re the Sonnets: I am absolutely convinced that the sonnets were NOT published in 1609, only registered, and that only a few of them existed at the time. The remainder were written occasionaly through the years, after significant events. I was brought to this conclusion by Alfred Dodd's Bacon's Sonnet Diary, wherein he (Dodd) explains every sonnet. I had never been able to make any sense out of any of the sonnets, but was almost in tears while reading Dodd's explanations! I actually had a sense of exaltation! You should really study that book. I can assure you that it will have a profound effect on you. In several instances he points out that Shaxper could never have written the sonnet. My only arguments with the book are how he claims he came to the "rearrangement" of the sonnets and with the explanation of some of the sonnets. Nevertheless, it's great!
Further, in all probability, the sonnets, like the essays, were edited, rewritten, with many being discarded and new ones added through the years. There is no way of knowing, of course, But that was Bacon's modus operandi. It is reasonable to think that whatever "sugared" sonnets existed in 1609 are by no means the sonnets published in 1640. People who write sonnets do not sit down and write 154 sonnets and then get up and go to dinner.
Ciphers in Setting the Record Straight!
I enfolded in the first paragraph of Part I of Setting the Record Straight a cipher, did you find it? Don't feel bad. To the best of my knowledge, no one else caught it either.