Near Fine. Quarto leaf folded to make three pages and an address overleaf. Small seal remnant with corresponding small chip not affecting text, old folds as mailed, some modest soiling or offsetting, very good or better. Addressed to Miss Phebe A. Quinby of "Middle Neighborhood, Morris County, N.J." Laid into the letter is a small sketch of a girl sitting in a chair. The letter consists entirely of a poem signed "J...F... ." A solitary male traveler in the woods comes to a house and eavesdrops on men talking about love and girls. They mention several New Jersey place names: Quinton, Goshen, and Bloomfield (where one young man's love interest has gone to school). In the final verse they mention "Jenny herself" prompting our not-at-all-sure attribution of "Jenny F." as the author. Quinby was born in Readington in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1820, but later moved to Boonton in Morris County. A nice and easily readable bit of verse sent to a 21-year-old New Jersey girl.
(Inventory #: 411371)
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