Fugitive Pieces, or, Juvenile Essays
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A handwritten commonplace book of poetry, containing 52 poems. Margaretta seems to have written many of these poems, as she arranged them chronologically and titled the journal as a piece of juvenilia, or works of a young person. However, she likely copied some of the poems from magazines. Subjects range from patriotic declarations to observations on current events to extracts from letters to friends. Margaretta began the journal in 1785, when she was just 13 years old, and lived in New York City. The last poem entered is from 1807.
There are 1-134 numbered pages. There is poetry written on pages 1-113 (except pages 37-38 which are missing-they appear to have been ripped out of the book). Some poems have D.A., N.Y.M. , W.M. or T.P. next to them and denote a magazine she either published them in or copied them from. The N.Y.M. refers to the New York Magazine. The New-York Magazine, or Literary Repository (1790-1797). It was one of the longest-running magazines of that era (it published almost 100 issues).
List of poems follow:
-To Miss Maria Prince, with an Acrostic.
-On the 4th of July 1786
-To Miss Maria Prince
-On the present situation of France, and the influence with the Independency of America had, in producing the Revolution, Febry 7th, 1791
-Inserted in a letter to Mrs. Maria Beckley
-To Ella on receiving a piece of her drawing, Janry 25th, 1791
-Extracts from an Epistle to Mrs. Beckley
-To Mrs. Duncan at Philadelphia, March 23rd, 1791
-To Miss Temple, on hearing her play on the piano-forte
-Domestic Happiness, Septr. 1791
-Occasioned by reading a London News-paper
-Fancy, April 2nd, 1792
-Written during a sleepless Night. July 1792 Philadelphia.
-Ode to Liberty, Jany, 1793
-Sonnet to an Aeolian Harp, Juy 13th, 1795
-To Peace, Octr. 21st, 1793
-Sonnet-to the Evergreen, Novr 13th, 1793
-To Henry __ written at the request of Miss _____, Novr. 18th, 1793
-Sonnet to Memory, Novr. 21st, 1793
-Mon cher ami. An answer to the song of "Ma chere Amie", Novr. 22nd, 1793
-Lines, written beneath the picture of Mrs. Ann Eliza Bleecker, which is prefixed to the writings of that lady. Decr. 22nd, 1793
-The Fugitive tear_A Song, Feby 10th, 94
-Sonnet, March 9th, 94
-To the Leheigh. Bethlehem. May 21st, 94
-Independence, or, the fourth of July, July 4th, 94
-Sonnet to Poetry, Septr 19, 94
-Lines occassioned by the existing distrubances in Pennsylvania. Sepr 30, 94
-The Cestus of Venus, Octr. 17th, 94
-The citizens of New York establishing a society for the relief of Emigrants, gave rise to the following lines. Novr. 10th, 1794.
-Sonnet, Janry 19th, 1795
-Addressed to Miss Temple on her Birthday, Janry 22nd, 1795
-Verses written while watching with a sick friend, and addressed to Miss Nicholson. March 18th 1795
-Verses sent to Miss Duane with an Aeolian Harp, May 1796
-Sepr 7th 1796
-Written immediately after hearing Miss Temple serenaded, Septr. 9th, 1796
-The Belle's invocation to Winter, Novr. 7th 96
-The Poor Man's address to Winter, 8th Novr. 96
-Another Wintry Prospect, 9th Novr. 96
-Written on a blank leaf in Beattie's Minstrel ___, Novr 22nd 96
-Invocation to a lost night-cap the first two verses in imitation of the long "Whiter my love & ..."__ Philadelphia, Janry 97
-Impromptu-In answer to the foregoing-by Henry Tasewell, esqu.
-Verses occasioned by the loss of a Rose, which had been presented by a gentleman. Philadelphia. 2nd, June 97
-Extracts from a letter from Col. T ___ of Virginia. Jany 18 1796
-Answer to the foregoing Epistle
-The Crow. The narrative given by the bird of Apollo; originated in a ridiculous report of Col. T's-having been frighten'd into a fit of sickness, by the familiar cries of a tame crow though there is little historical fact in the story, yet as I heard it, as the same time that I received Col. T's letter-I used some poetical license and dressed it up in the manner most convenient for my purposes. 25 March 96
-Extracts from Col. T's answer. T.T. January 1st 97
-Address to a Cold. Oct. 29th 1797
-Lines addressed to Mason & Orlando, 1st Janry 1802, Frankfort, KY
-Lines occasioned by the birth of a daughter
Transcription available upon request.
Margaretta Mason Brown
Euphemia Helen Brown
Maria Nicholson Montgomery