pencil, one sheet folded to make two leaves and folded into thirds, as if to tuck into an envelope
watermark/embossment: T, Weston's Linen 1876
20.5 x 13 cm.
FF 268. On the second leaf, beside the three ll. "With Love alone / had bent, / It's fervor the," "were" is written sideways--is it a variant? The top two-thirds portion of the first leaf (i.e., above the bottom fold) is cut away. "X" on verso. Johnson's note speculates that the missing part was removed by Susan, and thus possibly identifies one of the mutilations by Susan:
It was sent to Sue and could have been occasioned by the death of Judge Otis P. Lord on 13 March. It is written on two sheets; the upper part of the first has been torn away, as if the recipient had separated what preceded, presumably a brief message.There is no clear evidence to suggest that this was written upon the death of Lord. It could have been written upon the death of Susan's brother or it could have been written on the death of Samuel Bowles in 1878. Franklin assigns dates of the early 1870s to handwriting of this style (see Set 11, e.g.).
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