Poems 1874 John T Comstock, Underground Railroad Operator SIGNED Rollin, Lenawee County, Michigan ~ Minnehaha Creek ~ Civil War dead


Title: Poems

Author: John T. Comstock

Description: Inscribed by the author to his step-daughter on ffep. Original green boards with blind stamped borders and embellished gilt lettering on front cover. Tips of corners worn; ends of spine rubbed. Interior shows a few minor spots of soiling. Pencil marginalia on a couple poems which appear to be the author's own revisions. 130 pp. 7 x 4.5 inches.

A collection of poetry and prose by John Tremain Comstock (1807-1884), a Quaker and abolitionist who, with his wife Elizabeth (Rous) Wright Comstock, operated a very active Underground Railroad station in Rollin, Michigan.

Inscription on ffep reads "Caroline De Greene / from / the author". Caroline was John Comstock's step-daughter, the daughter of his wife Elizabeth and her first husband Leslie Wright.

Includes a couple poems, each with an explanatory introduction, about Native Americans: the first is about White Pigeon, a white boy stolen by Indians from Lenawee County, Michigan; the second being about the Sioux Winona. Other pieces reflect on being at Devils Lake in Lenawee County in the 1830s & at Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis in 1865, Civil War dead, King Alcohol, Colorado and the Rockies, the western prairies, old age and family, working with skeptics, peace, youth, his father Otis Comstock, Lady Ann Erskine (longtime friend of the poor and the Countess of Huntingdon), and mothers and children.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Jas. M. Scarritt, printer
Place: Hudson, Mich.
Year: 1874

Keywords: poetry, verse, Quaker, Underground Railroad, Rollin, Michigan, Elizabeth Comstock, Lenawee County, Minnehaha Creek,

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