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    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Autograph Poem and Letter Signed "Oliver Wendell Holmes". One page, 4.5" x 7", June 23, 1871, Boston. This letter, written to an unnamed recipient, incorporates an eight line poem following the closing and signature of the letter. Entitled "To a Bright Boy", Holmes describes the poem in the letter as "not very good poetry":

    I trust my counsel you will heed,
    You're almost too quick witted;
    Your brain is like a fiery steed
    That needs to be well bitted:
    Don't treat it like a wooden toy
    A child may safely play with;
    You'd better hold it tight, my boy,
    Or you'll be run away with!

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809 - 1894) was a physician by training; however, he is best remembered for wielding a clever pen and for siring the great Supreme Court justice who carried his name. Toned with folds; fine.

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