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  • Collection: Selections from the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives

The midnight knell : a poem, 1881 September 20

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The Midnight Knell, a poem. Dated September 20, 1881. This poem by Henry C. Dane memorializes the death of President James A. Garfield. Imprint at bottom of the broadside reads, "Published by N. W. Appleton, 7 School Street."

Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox, 1881 June 16

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Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox. Dated June 16, 1881. In this letter, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox replies to a friend's ("Shipmate") request to serve as a reference to the newly elected Garfield administration.

Guiteau's dream, about 1882

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Guiteau's dream. Dated about 1882. A song written from the perspective of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated United States President James A. Garfield. Sung to the melody of “Sad and Lonely.”

Town meeting notice, 1840 December 21

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Town meeting notice. Dated December 21, 1840. This notice from the town of Roxbury, Massachusetts, announces its meeting to “hear and act on the Report of the Committee to build the new School House.”

The duellists : or the death of Cilley, about 1838

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The duellists [sic], or the death of Cilley. Dated about 1838. This poem memorializes the death of United States Congressman Jonathan Cilley from Maine, who died in a duel with another Congressman, William J. Graves from Kentucky.

Carrier's address, to the patrons of the Rhode-Island Republican, 1833 January 1

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Carrier's address, to the patrons of the Rhode-Island Republican. Dated January 1, 1833. This carrier’s address to the patrons of the Rhode-Island Republican highlights the national and international events of the past year in verse form. Topics…

A song, composed by the British soldiers, after the fight at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, between 1875 and 1880

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A song, composed by the British soldiers, after the fight at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Dated between 1875 and 1880. This song in twelve stanzas was written by an unknown British author and commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill and the British…

Webster Festival : ode to commemorate the civic festival given to the Hon. Daniel Webster : at Faneuil Hall, July 24, 1838, 1838

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Webster Festival. Ode to commemorate the civic festival given to the Hon. Daniel Webster at Faneuil Hall, July 24, 1838. Dated 1838. This lyrical poem in twenty-two stanzas commemorates a dinner given at Faneuil Hall in honor of United States Senator…

The Great Conflagration in Portland, July 4, 1866, 1866

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The Great Conflagration in Portland, July 4, 1866. Dated 1866. A poem in sixteen eight-line stanzas written by Maine poet and blacksmith Abner Warren Harmon.

Celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Hingham, Sept 28, 1835, 1835

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Celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Hingham broadside. Dated 1835. This broadside contains the order of exercises for the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of Hingham, Massachusetts. Includes the text of a…