Robert Jones Burdette collection
Date Published: 1879 to 1912
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Robert Jones Burdette was an American humorist and clergyman who became noted through his paragraphs in The Hawk Eye newspaper in Burlington, Iowa and he was well known figure in early Los Angeles. His writings were the source of humorous lectures by John Austen Hamlin on Hamlin's tours to promote his Wizard Oil patent medicine.
This collection contains 15 items dating from 1879 to 1912, specifically 10 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS), 2 books, 1 sheet music and 2 postcards.
• 6 ALS (possibly another person with the same name) to Mrs. George, Friday morning 1851 (will call on her to look at the prints and books), Monday morning (will convey the reasons to her on Tuesday evening), Tuesday 14 1859 (will send the servant to fetch the books), Saturday 22nd 1859 or 1862 (will call on her on Tuesday), not addressed as such, 10 February 1865 (Sir Robert has arrived, and he will be dining with him), 1883 and 12 August 1884 (will go to Ebury tomorrow).
• ALS addressed Miss Julie, 20 October 1879, sending his autograph, “Give it plenty of sunshine and take it in after the first frost, and I think will keep all winter. Don’t make any cuttings from it before its three years old.”
• ALS addressed Bakersfield Cal., March 18, 1896 , "We see in Life more joy than pain"... (rhyming lines).
• ALS addressed “My dear boy”, 2 January 1897, conveying New Year wishes and that the stock he bought at 89 went down to 28 (rhyming lines)
• ALS to dear James, 5 June 1897, “`I’ll meat you later,’ as the butcher said to the cow.”
• Old Time & Young Tom (Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1912), dark brown cloth in stained, chipped jacket, former owner’s name on front free endpaper with a signed card by Burdette on the front free endpaper.
• The Rise and Fall of the Mustache and Other “Hawk-Eye Items” (Burlington, Iowa: Burlington Publishing Company, 1877), tooled decorated brown boards, bright gold gilt lettering, slight scuffing on lower board, with some edge wear at the spine edges, signed by Burdette at Burlington, Iowa and dated “Aug 6 1877”.
1 Sheet Music:
• Confederate Brigadiers, Song and Chorus (Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, 1880), sheet music, words by Burdette, music by Chas. F. Dennee, sample lyrics: "You chased us out of Donnelson, and out of Tennessee." "You penned us up in Vicksburg town, where we drank a bitter cup." "So we turned the Union Soldiers out, and put the Rebels in."
2 Colorized Postcards:
• Burdette in his library in Pasadena, CA, and Temple Baptist Church, CA.
Collection on consignment with LDRB
Good. Item #8887