"Died, on Monday, the 17th Inst. Mary Burwell; youngest Daughter of Bryant & Ann Burwell, aged 2 years and 3 months." [drop title]
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[Buffalo, New York]: 1836. First edition. 1 printed page with integral blank; 4 lines of manuscript verse on recto of blank. 1 vols. 8vo. Buffalo, New York. The poem consisting of 5 quatrains, commencing "Farewell, deaar child-We humbly bow," dated Buffalo, Oct. 18th, 1836. The additional quatrain, bearing a manuscript correction commences "Thou lookest now on Mary's grave/ Thou gentle Moon. So let he have/ Thy purest, brightest, Heaven's own light;/ She sleeps along this chilly night." Mary died of a sickness according to the poem. An interesting example of 19th century American funerary ephemera and most intersting with the added manuscript quatrain, quite possibly by the author of the original printed verses. Dr. Bryant Burwell was a member of the Herkimer County Medical Society in 1820 and in in 1823 he earned his Degree of Doctor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of new York at Fairfield, New York. His wife, Ann, was the sister of John W. Clarke, of Buffalo, N.Y. -- the Clarke-Burwell correspondence is now in the Clements Library. First edition. Single sheet folded, elegy printed on front page, pencilled manuscript notation at foot of page "Funeral Wednesday 10 o'clock" and on p.  is an additional manuscript quatrain dated the day of the funeral October 19th . Folded with some creasing.