There are too many "coincidences" in this whole OLB thing.
After all this time I am not convinced this OLB is genuine. It appears too contrived to me, information added for no reason to co-incidently explain connections - just too contrived, look that word up if you don't know it. My old dictionary: devised, invented, managed, artificed. Too set up, too planned.
For that reason it has me constantly challenging it's authenticity.
Now, on the other hand, statements by Ottema seem to really lean towards it's authenticity in age. But people are clever and I don't think it would have been imposible to get hold of old ink and/or paper, if you knew the right people and were in the right circles. So I think it's possible that is is written recently, on and using older paper and ink.
I found this info today of JH Halbertsma, so simple after all the other stuff. You might recall I said I thought Gysbert Japiex could have written the OLB but then I decided with the mention of 1806 he might be too early but look who Halbertsma was a fan of...needless to say this has gone a long way to have me thinking that Halbertsma did indeed write it. Not only that I think he shows inclinations to have wanted this information to be out there, being a Christian Mennonite imo is also a reason for his motives. He had also had a previous attempt at trying to show origins. He knew he could influence Frisian life.
Halbertsma, Justus Hiddes (1789-1869)
Justus Hiddes Halbertsma, born 23 October 1789, at Grouw, died 14 February 1869 at Deventer, served as Mennonite pastor at Bolsward 1814-1821, and Deventer 1821-1856, when he resigned to devote himself to writing. One of his works was De Doopsgezinden en Hunne herkomst (Deventer, 1843), in which he attempted to prove a Waldensian origin for the Mennonites. The book is of value for its information on the liberal ideas of Halbertsma and many Mennonites of his time. The book also contained some sermons, which were sharply criticized by Samuel Muller in the Dutch periodical Vaderlandsche Letteroefeningen of 1843 and 1844 (reprint, Beoordeeling van eenige Kerkredenen van H. H., Amsterdam, 1844).
Halbertsma studied the Nordic languages, especially his native Frisian, and became a specialist on Gysbert Japiex (1603-1666), a Frisian poet. He cooperated with his brothers Eeltje, who was a physician in Grouw, and Tjalling, in publishing Frisian verse and tales, which were eagerly read and thus influenced Frisian life. He also translated the Gospel of Matthew into Frisian (1858). The complete Frisian works of the Halbertsma brothers were published in 1871 titled Rimen en Teltsjes (5th ed., Leeuwarden, 1918).
Haverschmidt probably had a hand in it too.
I'll call them H & H.
In saying that, I do think ALOT of the story is based in truth, of what he knew to be Frisian history and possible knowledge of the real Over de Linden genealogy from information given by the Grandfather, who was the real instigator behind Cornelius even having it in the start.
I actually believe much of it at the same time, I think it's possible it can be alot of truth in it, of the Frisian history. It's like Plato wrote Atlantis "strange but true".
I think Cornelius was actually oblivious to it all. 1867 he received it. Halbertsma died 2 years later. C's grandfather may have had it first, given to him by Halbertsma (and Haverschmidt) after the 3 of them created it.
Basically it was written by H & H just prior to 1867 - given or written for his grandfather even by the 2 men, that's why the Linden name is used, with permission from grandfather. One of my first posts here had grandfather as a suspect and often my first gut feelings are right.
Grandfather and H & H organised this OLB book, and subsequently it was passed onto Cornelius, unaware it was a created book, therefore he did not lie at all - he would have genuinely thought it was what he was told it was.
Anyone got an opinion on that?
Edited by The Puzzler, 29 November 2011 - 11:36 PM.