Eliza Woodward's Manuscript Notebook -- Prayers and Poems

manuscript]; Woodward, Eliza

Published by Possibly New York, 1824
Soft cover
From Sanctuary Books, A.B.A.A. (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

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Wallpaper wraps (about 9 x 7.5 inches), sewn, contains 11 manuscript leaves, folded once, into one gathering (44 pages). Wraps wrinkled and worn, with some light chipping along the edges; some pale brown spots and chipping along bottom edge of final half of text block, eliminating or obscuring portions of the text. Nice, careful penmanship, in black ink. Features our scribe's experiments with her signature (Eliza Woodward, Eliza Woodward Cook), as well as a few attempts at decoration and calligraphic flourish -- but the focus is largely her collection of poems, lyrics, prayers, and prose -- most of it relating to Christianity. Includes "Verses Written during A thunder Storm," "An Elegy on the Death of. in New York," "To the Child of Sorrow," and more. Likely most of the work is copied out, though there may be some original verses. Interestingly, it includes "A Negroes Sermon," 4 pages, written in the vernacular, and attempting to capture (not mock) an authentic Christian sermon, and remaining neutral on the topic of race relations. This is the only instance in the book where our scribe uses dialect, or makes any mention of race at all. Bookseller Inventory # D3263

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Title: Eliza Woodward's Manuscript Notebook -- ...

Publisher: Possibly New York

Publication Date: 1824

Binding: Soft cover

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