A bookplate features a weary and unruly man crouching amongst books, tools, spiders, and stacks of drawings—one of which shows the front steps to Washington University in St. Louis, where Charles was briefly a student. Another cartoon shows a bundled-up man with a hat, coat, and scarf. All around him, it “snows” a plethora of dates, which gather at his feet in a jumble. The caption reads, “A Historian’s Nightmare.”
While these drawings reveal Charles’s playfulness, they also represent his developing artistic skills, which later appear in his Christmas cards to family members, his architectural sketches, his paintings, and more.