Lot 540: Francis Scott Key

RR Auction

2015-12-18 17:00:17

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Lot 540: Short AMS signed "F. S. Key, Esqr," one page on an off-white 3.5 x 1.25 slip, no date but likely circa 1829. Key writes an additional stanza for Robert Burns's poem 'John Anderson, My Jo.' In full: "John Anderson, my Joe John, from that sleep again will wake, / And another morn's fair light, on our opened eyes shall break, / And we'll rise in youth & beauty, to that bright land to go / Where life and love shall last for aye, John Anderson, my Joe." Creasing along the left edge and toning to edges, otherwise fine condition. This was originally affixed within a period leatherbound journal kept by Elizabeth Willis Gloster Anderson of Warrenton, North Carolina, at the conclusion of a rendition of Burns's poem written inside by Mrs. Anderson's friend Elen Mordechai, an entry dated September 9, 1827. Mordechai penned a personalized stanza in honor of Mrs. Anderson's husband—named John Anderson—before continuing with a faithful transcription of Burns's poem. Key likely penned these lines in 1829, when Anderson's cousin Congressman Daniel Turner married his daughter Ann Arnold Key. A highly unusual original poetic verse by the influential poet. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $3000-4000
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