[Hatford?]: Wells, Printer, . First edition. Unbound brochure on thin wove paper, 8 x 5 inches,  pages. Two old light folds; some light foxing and soiling; in very good condition. Item #19850
An ephemeral and typographically exuberant program for a vocal performance from a founding member of the Hutchinson Family Singers (American popular entertainment pioneers), here in concert in Chicopee and performing characteristic ballads and sentimental songs—including a topical song from the group’s songwriter, Jesse Hutchinson, “California Song.—Gold! Gold! Gold!” (“This song was written expressly for a company of *Overland* emigrants to California, who left Massachusetts in the Spring of ‘49.”) Given the Chicopee venue, the Wells imprint is certainly that of J. Gaylord Wells downriver in Hartford; OCLC does not locate this program, but does note a single copy (at Connecticut Historical Society) of a nearly identical program for a Hutchinson concert in Hartford the previous January 21, 1850 with the Hartford Wells imprint. Concert time corrected in contemporary autograph ink, which has bled through to the second leaf.