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    John Harrison Surratt Autograph Manuscript signed in the title ("By Surat") the misspelling evidently his pen-name, four pages, 5" x 8", n.p., n.d., on lined paper. A comic poem in Irish brogue, entitled "Paddy's Ode to the Prince", this was almost certainly copied by Surratt from an outside source dating to the 1860 North American tour of the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII). It takes the form of a cheeky monologue directed at the Prince by an American Irishman, who comments on Wales's shortness, "black Canajans" (Canadians), Barnum's museum, oysters, a visiting delegation of "nayger Japs", the fact that even the Pope wouldn't be able to vote without (citizenship) "papers", and "an English prince begotten by a Dutchman" (a reference to the German origins of Queen Victoria's family). The Irishman asks "wha-d'-ye think / Of Christian dhrink / Now tell me that me tulip! / When thro' a straw / Your Highness saw, / The flavor of a julep?"; mentions mayor "Fernandy Wud" and his New York city aldermen who have "little sinse / But, for expinse / There's not a set of boulder men!"; and concludes with this appeal: "And when the throne / Is all ye'r own / At which ye're daily steerin, / Wid all the care / What ye can spare / Remimber poor old Erin." A delightful and unusual example of Surratt's rare holograph, suggesting his sense of humor. Folds. fine.

    The manuscript is accompanied by a simple printed pass to the "Surratt Trial" issued in the name of Geo. P. Fisher (Judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia), 3" x 1.75", on card. Fine.

    : Surratt and Weichmann, Sang, lot 574.

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