Condition: One small early burn hole.
Book ID: 28465
DescriptionSingle sheet of plain stationery folded to make four 25 x 20.5 cm pages. Text of the note on page one; text of the manuscript poem on page two; page four with the address of “Rev. A. W. P. Greenwood, Boston.” Sigourney writes with a poem for the “Keepsake.” Sigourney contributed to numerous annuals; in this instance she was referring to Youth’s Keepsake: A Christmas and New Year’s Gift for Young People. “Sir, / Permit me to add a trifle to the pages of an Annual, which the voice of the community ranks high among those works whose object is to cultivate correct taste and sentiment in the juvenile mind. The first ‘Keepsake’ I pursued with great pleasure, but have not succeeded in obtaining a sight of those for the last two years. Should you happen to have a spare copy of each, I should be much indebted to have them transmitted, when it might accord with your convenience. / Respectfully, L. H. Sigourney.” The poem transcribed on the second page is a 26-line poem entitled “The Boy’s Last Bequest.” It was later included various editions of her collected poems, but not found in any edition of Youth’s Keepsake.
CommentsThe note and poem are written, as usual, in Sigourney's fine, neat hand.