Gertrude of Wyoming: A Pennsylvania Tale, and Other Poems.

Gertrude of Wyoming: A Pennsylvania Tale, and Other Poems.
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London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, Paternoster Row, 1809. Tall 4to, 134pp. Red half-morocco and marbled boards with gilt to spine. Backstrip and joints repaired. Decorative endpapers. Untrimmed pages. Contains the inserted slip, pasted to page [4] which defines the word “Pelloch” (porpoise) which occurs on p. 8, stanza 5, line 7. A bit soiled but a good copy. First edition, with a folder containing 2 1/2 pages of manuscript in the autograph of Thomas Campbell at the front. Thomas Campbell (1777--1844) was a Scottish poet chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry dealing specially with human affairs. He was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became the University of London. "Gertrude of Wyoming” was enormously popular with early 19th-century American readers. "Gertrude" is based on an incident during the American Revolution, when American colonists in the Wyoming Valley in what is now north-eastern Pennsylvania were attacked by Tories and their Native American allies. Over 200 of the 300 Continental soldiers defending the Valley were killed, and many colonists died attempting to escape or were killed during looting. A granite monument raised over the grave of those slain was finished in the 1830s. CBEL, III, p.183. Sabin 10268. (Item Id: 8762)

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