New York: Published by John Gladding, 1834 [Most poems dated ca. 1830-1845.]. Most poems dated ca. 1830-1845, with a couple outliers, including one dated 1865. The present album seems to have been prepared and updated as a gift to Elizabeth Ann as she grew up. She seems to be the youngest sibling in her family, so poems in the collection are supplied by elder siblings as well as parents. Manuscript poetry (apparently mostly original) written for Elizabeth Ann Pelton by friends and family members with their signatures and dates of entry. Several different hands. Also with six engraved plates. Very bright and fresh internally aside from foxing to plates. A very good, very clean, unique item. Original straight-grained sheep, ruled in gilt, over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Quarto. 110 pp. (approximately), about forty left blank. Item #17134
Elizabeth Ann Pelton (b. 1824) was the fourth child born to Henry and Elizabeth Pelton, who lived in Warwick, New York. The poems in the present album are signed by Henry Pelton, Elizabeth Ann’s elder siblings (Ann Amanda, James, and Nathaniel), Maria and Mary Ann Fancher (friends or possibly cousins), and other community members (some with the surname Pelton and some not). Elizabeth Ann’s one contribution to the album is a poem titled “The Lonely Heart,” which she wrote at the age of twelve.
Pelton. Genealogy of the Pelton family in America (1892).