[Boston? n. p., 1850]. First edition. Broadside, 11.38 x 5.38 inches, decorative typographic border. Some light foxing and dust-soiling and wear; in very good condition. Item #20161
“As he is wont, with each new year, / Old Charles Street’s Sexton’s sure to appear.” Not strictly speaking a carrier’s address, but a cognate piece intended to be offered by the church sexton in exchange for holiday tips; the Old Charles Street meetinghouse seems likely the Third Baptist Church on Charles Street on the west side of Beacon Hill—an assertion backed up by the cataloging of the copy at AAS, which appears to be the only copy of this edition noted on OCLC. (An address was also published for New Year’s 1852.) The identity of this particular sexton (referred to in the text as “Old Charles Street Sexton’s growing old — / Fifty and four, already told”) is unclear; the 1850-1851 Adams directory for Boston lists some 13 men with the occupation of sexton, though does not note their particular affiliations.