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Original 1843 Poem By Frederic Augustus Sprague, Wisconsin And State Senator. For Sale
Original 1843 Poem by Frederic Augustus Sprague, Wisconsin and State Senator.
Original 1843 Poem Ridicules Wisconsin’s 2nd Governor Frederic Augustus Sprague (1794-1865). Prominent Physician from Eagle, Wisconsin and State Senator. December 23, 1843-Dated Autograph Letter Signed, “Frederic A Sprague”, 2 pages, measuring 12.5” x 8” with Integral Stampless Address Leaf, Very Fine. This boldly writtem, brown in upon period paper letter has some very minor tone with some minor edge repairs. Frederic Sprague comments to Jonathan Parsons (a new member of the Territorial Legislature), on political matters and his personal scorn for Wisconsin’s second Territorial Govenor, James D. Doty. It reads, in part:“i was pleased to hear...that old Coon Doty out of the way and some decent man in his place,... then you and the honorable Gentlemen who compose our Legislature, might enjoy yourselves this winter, and do a great deal of good for the Territory & the people... that old Coons message (i think) is an insult to the Legislature and to the people... i often wonder what such things as Gnats, Musquetoes, Skunks, Doty and Snakes were made for... perhaps were it not for these infernal creatures, we Badgers who are Blest...” Sprague then transcribes what appears to be an original 6 stanza poem, a satire on Doty and the politics of the day. It begins:“So let old Doty still go on, With all his monkey shines, - He soon must up Salt River go - And leave us here behind.” (2nd stanza:) “Yes up Salt River he must go - Along with ‘Tyler too’ - And Webster, Ewing, Henry Clay, - And all the federal Crew.” (3rd Stanza:) “And then no more these Coons will sing, - ‘We’l Burst the Dutchmans Boiler’ - But all must go to catching froggs - Along with ‘Captain Tyler’.” ( 4th stanza:) “And then (i think) you’d laugh to see, - So many hairy Coons - Groaning because they lied so much - About the ‘Golden Spoons’.” (5th stanza:) “Their is no use for us to try - To ever till the ground, - While that old Coon is at the Helm - And others lurk around.”(Last stanza:) “But when the Coons they are all dead - Or up salt river gone, - Then we once more will start the plow, - And try to raize some Corn.”A superb Wisconsin Territorial period content, historic Letter and original Political Poem, that simply doesn’t hold back! Item Number: 98594 ADD Early_American_sales to your list of FAVORITE SELLER VIEW Other Items offered by Early_American_sales Complete Table of Contents, Current Offerings and Additional Images can be found at Early American History sales online
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