Little Neck, L. I. n. p., 1890. First edition. Broadside slip, approx. 8 x 6 inches. Woodcut portrait vignette of Cutter at the head of the slip. Cheap paper browning; a trifle chipped along the lower margin; in very good condition. Item #15733
A late example of meandering doggerel from the Long Island Farmer Poet, in part an account of a moonlit night in Lebanon while on the Quaker City excursion made famous by Twin in Innocents Abroad. 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.