Lot #198
Dolley Madison

Dolley quotes a poetic extract of 'The Wants of Man' by John Quincy Adams

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Estimate: $1500+


Dolley quotes a poetic extract of 'The Wants of Man' by John Quincy Adams

Rare AQS on an off-white 4 x 6 sheet, signed below in black ink, "D. P. Madison, April 6th, 1848," who adds an inscribed introduction above: "For Mrs. Gadsby, Extract from some lines to the Hon'ble John Quincy Adams—On reading his beautiful Poem on the Wants of Man." The quoted extract, in full: "You do not want the voice of praise / It follows you behind / You will be thought in future days / The friend of human kind / And after ages as they rise / Exulting will proclaim / In choral union to the skies / Their blessings on your name." Matted and framed without glass to an overall size of 7.5 x 9.75, with sheet permanently affixed to matting. In very good condition, with light staining and soiling. Originally published in 1841, 'The Wants of Man,' was the first poem in Adams' 1848 collection Poems of Religions and Society, and was later included in Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1874 book Parnassus. By Adams' own admission: 'Could I have chosen my own genius and condition, I would have made myself a great poet.' An exquisite offering from the 80-year-old former first lady.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018

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