Handwritten copy of "Monody on Major Andre" by Miss Anna Seward, 1781. Octavo, self wrapper, stitched, 14 double-sided pages. Pamphlet contains the entire poem dedicated to the life and execution of John Andre, along with three other poems titled "Absence", "Song", "To a Candle Elegy", and "A Critical Moment". Also includes footnotes explaining certain allusions in the poem, including the phrase Victor Garland intended to reference the victory of Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, at the Battle of Camden, August 16, 1780. 7 3/8" H x 4 3/4" W. Note: John Andre (1750-1780) was a British Army officer hanged as a spy by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War for assisting Benedict Arnold's attempted surrender of the fort at West Point, New York to the British. He was briefly engaged to Honora Sneyd, a close friend of the English Romantic poetess Anna Seward (1742-1809). CONDITION: Overall good condition with foxing spots, areas of light dampstaining, to be expected from age. Original stitching partially intact, 7/8" area missing to top section, middle section loose.
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