Little Neck, L. I. n. p., ca. 1861? First edition. Broadside slip, approx. 6 x 3.75 inches. Some light dust-soiling and browning; in very good condition. Item #15731
On the patriotic duty of young men to put down the Rebellion: "When war is o'er and you return, O brave defenders of our land! You can our gratitude then discern, When we take you by the hand." One of the foremost sweet singers of the 19th century, Cutter is of course best remembered as one of Twain's Quaker City travelers to the Holy Land, christened by Twain the "poet lariat" of the journey; through a shrewd amalgam of atrocious verse, homespun demeanor, and shameless self-promotion (he evidently pressed his slip ballads on anybody who chanced within reach) Cutter achieved the status of a curiosity in his lifetime.