Long Island farmer to his lady friends [and others, as below]
1863 · Little Neck [Long Island]
by Cutter, Bloodgood H.
Little Neck [Long Island]: August 20, 1863. Small broadside (approx. 8" x 2½"); fine. A poem of 8 quartets thanking the ladies for a photograph album, and requesting cartes de visite from them so he "can look on each friend's face." The poet concludes with the notion that other men may also look at the ladies in the album, and that he would be kind enough to introduce them to one another. Quite typical Bloodwood Cutter. With: Long Island Farmer on Planting Flowers in his Wife's Burial Lot, LN, NY, 1882. Small broadside, 4"x 3"; With:Long Island Farmer Musing on a Wheelbarrow, LN, NY, 1861. Small broadside, 4½" x 3½"; With:Long Island Farmer on the Burning of His Mill, LN, NY, 1889. Small broadside, 7½" x 5". Together 4 small broadsides by Bloodgood Haviland Cutter (1817-1906), the self-styled Long Island Farmer Poet, who was immortalized by Mark Twain as the "Poet Lariat" in Innocents Abroad where is is described as "50 years old, and small for his age. He dresses in homespun, and is a simple minded, honest, old-fashioned farmer with a strange proclivity for writing rhymes. He writes them on all possible subjects and gets them printed on slips of paper with his portrait at the head. These he will give to any man that comes along, whether he has anything against him or not." (Inventory #: 49849)