Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces" Charlotte Aurelia TOWNSEND, née Winder.
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"
Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"

Aurelia Townsend bound manuscript of "Fugitive Pieces"

Date Published: [1876]
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover

MANUSCRIPT (NOT COMPLETE) OF A RARE POETRY BOOK

Charlotte Aurelia Townsend (née Winder), the daughter of General William Winder and Gertrude Polk of Maryland, was born at Rewastico, Somerset, Maryland, in 1806. Her brother, General John Winder (1800-1865), was the Confederate general in charge of prisons who designed the infamous Andersonville Prison. In 1846 she married James C. Townsend (1804-1890) of Oyster Bay (the North Shore of Long Island in Nassau County in the state of New York). On 9 January 1884, the Townsends were assaulted at their home with a hammer. She survived the attack but later succumbed to her injuries. She falsely or inadvertently claimed that a black man, Simon Rappalyea (1828-1894) late of the 20th United States Colored Infantry in the American Civil War, whose wife did the laundry, was the perpetrator. It turned out the real murderer was a serial killer, Charles Rugge, who murdered seven people before he was found. Aurelia Winder Townsend. authored two books, A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend and Their Descendants (compiled with her husband, 1865) and Fugitive Verses (Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1876) 52 pages, collection of poetry. Fugitive Verses is a true rare book. No copies are recorded by WorldCat, and only one copy has appeared on the market in recent years.

Townsend bound manuscript of Fugitive Pieces:

Manuscript book, 5 x 8 inches. 55pp plus a 4pp. letter affixed to p.81. pp. 21-74, 79-81. Leaves prior to p. 21 have been excised. Title written in pencil opposite p. 21. Handwritten poems on pre-ruled paper; a few poems are on separate sheets tipped into the volume. Tooled light brown leather with “DAYBOOK” printed on the spine label, marbled edges. There is a gap between the spine and the upper board, and the boards are warped somewhat. The book is nonetheless in good condition, and the text block is firmly attached to the boards. The front free endpaper indicates that the book was once owned by David L. Sudel MD 1962. Loosely inserted is a reproduction on a tin type of General John Winder (1800-1865), the Confederate general.

Contents: “To Mrs. Francis Covert on the Death of Her Son William S, Covert April 29th 1853”, pp. 21-22; “Hymn”, 1849, p. 23; “Hymn”, 1854, pp. 24-26; “Spring”, p. 26; “A Summer Night”, 1853, pp. 27-29; “Autumn”, pp. 29-30; “Fragment”, p. 30; “To Mary B. Winder on Her Birthday”, pp. 31-32: “Ladies the Cow is Coming”, pp. 32-34; “The Wreck of the Arctic”, pp. 34-36; “The Old Church”, pp. 36-40; “To the Same”, pp. 40-42; “The Christmas Tree”, pp. 42-43; “ I’m Growing Old”, pp. 44-45; “A Prayer”, pp. 46; “Twilight Thoughts”, pp. 47-48; “Night and Morning”, p. 48-50; “Hymn”, p. 50; “On the Death of Morton Dwyer Esq British Consul for Mary Lam Who Died of Consumption April 23rd 1859”, pp. 52-53; “The Idea of Galilee”, pp. 53-54; “Hymn”, pp. 55-56; “The Last of the Year”, 1859, pp. 56-58; “The Sleigh Ride”, pp. 58-61; “Luke 7th 36-40”, pp. 61-62; “Luke 18th 41st”, pp. 63-64; “Lizzie’s Grave”, pp. 64-66; “When I Am Gone”, pp. 66-67; “Hymn”, March 20, 1869, p. 67-69; “Mary”, Monday 10th 1888, Sunday 15th 1886, pp. 69-71; “Hymn”, pp. 71-74; “Twilight”, several dates of composition, “one of my dear wife’s last pieces”, pp. 79; “Autumn”, 1876, p. 80; “To My Husband on His Birthday”, p. 81.

Manuscript book on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8135

$1,000.00 USD
$1,338.01 CAD

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