New-York: Printed by T. & J. Swords, 1810. First edition. OCLC lists eight copies. Some wear and warping to boards. Top edge gilt. Matching blue marbled endpapers. Ink gift inscription to Clarinda Darling from her sister Frances Darling, dated June 1, 1813. Contemporary ink signature of Thomas Darling to top margin of title-page. Uniform toning due to paper quality. Some foxing. A very good copy. Early twentieth century half green leather over blue marbled boards. Twelvemo. 192 pp. Item #17132
A collection of poems and short prose pieces, including “The Slave – a Fragment,” which describes a scene of a woman being beaten by a slaveholder. One poem, “Address to Peace,” muses on the American Revolution. Most of the pieces in the present collection follow themes of Christianity, mortality, poverty, and loss of innocence.
We could not locate much information on the author of the present work. She may have been Maria Catharine Weller (1747 – 1829), the Virginia-born daughter of German immigrants. This appears to be her only published book. Stoddard and Whitesell. American Verse from 1610 through 1820, 930.Wegelin, Oscar. Early American Poetry, 1800-1820 (1907), p. 48.