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Binding: Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, gold stamped spine.
Cover label reads, "Manuscrits les plus cheris."
Collection of post-Christmas letters in verse, containing twenty-eight letters by the Miller brothers, three drafts of replies by Hincks, and two other drafts by Hincks. In addition to personal and family news and descriptions of homes and neighbors, the poems comment on the preceding year's political and military news, including the burning of Moscow, Waterloo, the assassination of Spencer Percival, the loss of the ship Hero, and the activities of "traitors" such as Leigh Hunt and William Cobbett.
There are frequent allusions to the theater and to contemporary authors, particularly Scott, Southey, and Crabbe, and criticism of "the muddy musings of Lord Byron." The last item in the volume is an incomplete poem by Hincks, which concludes "But when a mortal has his breath resigned, /Then" and is annotated: "found in their present unfinished state as left by Dear Father."
Several letters contain small pen and ink sketches and flourishes.
1 v. (ca. 200 p.) ; 43 x 27 cm.
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