Rare Book & Manuscript Library
 

Christopher Coover collection of literary & historical letters manuscripts and documents, 1589-1923

Series II: Manuscripts and Documents

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Box 8 Folder 8 Bryant, William Jennings. Autograph stanza from "Thanatopsis" signed, copied 14 February 1874 (1 page)

On stationery with decorative embossed letter "B". Fair copy, neatly penned: "So live, that when thy summons to join / The innumerable caravan which moved / To that mysterious realm where each shall take / His chamber in the silent halls of Death / Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night, / Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed / By an unfaltering breast, approach thy grave / Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch / About him and lies down to pleasant dreams."



Box 6 Folder 23 Carlyle, Thomas. Autograph note listing two books on French history, 15 October n.y.



Box 1 Folder 16 Jeffrey, Francis. "Review of a memoir", ca. 1825


Box 1 Folder 22 Crabbe, George (1754-1832). Autograph manuscript verses signed ("Geo:Crabbe") entitled "To Sarah Countess of Jersey I on the 4th of March1814" n.p., undated 4to, undated

One full page, comprising three 8-line stanzas. Evidently unpublished.



Box 4 Folder 27 Ouray, Chief of the Ute (1830-1880). Autograph signature (Ouray / Chief of the Utes"), with small ink notation: "Denver Oct 8th 1873." 1p., 8vo.

A rare, early signature, dated some years before the Ute Uprising and before his service on a Federal commission regarding re-settlement of the Uncompagre tribe.



Box 5 Folder 28 Hancock, John (1737-1793). Document signed ("John Hancock" with large paraph), Boston, New England, 30 January 1768. 1 page, oblong, neatly inlaid to a protective sheet.

Regarding payment for a bill, certifying receipt of funds: " ...I the Subscriber have this day received from William Barrell the sum of [$800] in full Payment of a Bill drawn on him by Thomas Williams ... Store keeper to his Majesties Ordnance at Annapolis ...that I have delivered ... " Documents relating to Hancock's early business interests are uncommon, especially given the reference here to military accounts for the British garrison at Annapolis



Box 10 Folder 4 [Maryland]. Manuscript, headed "Copy of the Records and Proceedings against William Burleigh and George Mason for the Murder of Capt. John Paine." Maryland, 1691-1694

Containing 24 pages, folio, written in an elegant scribal hand, stabbed and with original sewing. MURDER IN COLONIAL MARYLAND. Detailed record of a murder trial in early colonial Maryland. In April 1691, John Paine, the King's collector of Patuxent, was murdered. George Mason, John Woodcock, and William Burleigh were tried for the crime and found not guilty. This is a detailed account of the proceedings and acquittal. A manuscript from the celebrated manuscript collections of Sir Thomas Phillipps, numbered 10115.



Box 5 Folder 6 [Prayer] "This is a true copy of a prayer, written by the late King my brother in his owne hand which I found in his closet" James II



Box 6 Folder 15 Sousa, John Philip. Autograph musical score signed ("Sousa,"), two compositions, the first entitled "Sousa Lancers," comprising 22 bars, the second 25 bars. 1 page, oblong, 10.1/2 by 12.1/2 in, slightly browned.

[With:] Autograph letter signed to Julian Dillaby, Washington, D.C., 25 October 1889. 1 page, 8vo, Sousa's personal stationery. Agreeing to furnish his autograph.


Box 6 Folder 15 Stevenson, Robert Louis. Autograph draft: manuscript, purporting to be sketches and notes for Treasure Island.

One full page, in pencil with corrections, numbered list from one to twenty-two.


Box 6 Folder 16 Turgenev, Ivan. Autograph signature and inscription, "Ivan Turgenev " Baden-Baden 1869 ." An oblong slip, 2 x 3 in.

Turgenev's signature is rare in any form is quite rare.



Box 8 Folder 2 Garrett, Pat (1850-1908). Autograph warrant, signed as Sheriff of Las Cruces County, New Mexico. One page, oblong, endorsed on verso

Concerning the estate of Paul Dowlin, deceased; sheriffs account of fees for probate purposes


Box 8 Folder 2 Massenet, Jules. Autograph musical quotation, themes from Werther and Thais, inscribed Paris, 20 February 1911

"Se joignent a moi pour vous remercier!" and signed. One page, small octavo


Box 8 Folder 13 Merchant's or apothecary's ledger book, various dates, 1734-1737

Detailed recording of various transactions, recipes, tools and other goods to be ordered, including "Tacitus translated by Gordon, author of Independent [indecipherable] Poems ... best ink powder, 2 large gouges ... a pair of strong pot hooks . . . " Also "Two Jerusalem cowslips good fresh polyanthos, a root or two of the Guernsey lily with directions how to manage it, double rocket tuberoses , some double tulip bulbs . .."


Box 8 Folder 14 Rossini, Gioachino Antonio. Autograph musical quotation, signed, Paris, 29 April 1863