On the 18th of May, 1875, a quiet gentleman in plain, citizen’s dress, called at the New York office and requested an examination with a full written description… I had no idea who he was and proceeded with the analysis. As the description was published in full in the Phrenological Journal for Sept., 1876, we make a brief extract:
“Your head, measuring 23 inches, is large, and, as we estimate body and brain, a man with a 23-inch head, to be well proportioned, ought to weigh 175 pounds…In the second place, let us advise you to avoid everything exciting in the way of luxury, condiment, food, or drink; for anything that you eat and drink, which is calculated to heat and inflame the system, sets your nerves on fire, worse than it does those of most men.
“You should always avoid overdoing. It is as natural for you to overdo as it is for birds to spread their wings when they feel in a hurry, and it makes little difference what your business is, you would contrive somehow to overdo at it.
You make work of pleasure. If you were an overworked citizen, and went to the country to rusticate for a month in the summer, you would get up all sorts of enterprises, and excursions to mountain tops, romantic ravines, fishing grounds and what-not; and you would blister your hands with rowing, and your feet with tramping, and your face with unaccustomed exposure to sunshine, and you would be a sort of captain-general of all such doings.”
When I got through dictating and desired to write the name in connection with the notes… he replied quietly, ” Custer.”
…He was then on his way to Phil. Sheridan’s wedding at Chicago, and on the 25th of June, 1876, thirteen months later, he was slaughtered with his command by the Sioux Indians in Montana; a verification of my description of his fiery energy which betrayed him to his doom.