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Durfee, Job, & Sarah Helen Whitman. A discourse, delivered before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the evening of Wednesday, Jaunary [sic] 13, 1847. Providence: Charles Burnett, jr., 1847. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 42, 5,  pp. $130.00
Durfee (1790–1847), Chief Justice of Rhode Island, expounds on "the Rhode-Island Idea of Government" (p. 40), and his words were "Published at the request of the Society" (title-page). This was first printed in the Journal of the Rhode Island Institute of Instruction (Providence: Charles Burnett, Jr., 1847), vol. II, no. 1.
But for many, of far more interest is the "Poem, by Sarah Helen Whitman. Recited before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the evening of January 13, 1847; previous to the delivery of Judge Durfee's discourse" (sectional title at rear). Whitman (1803–78) was variously a poet, essayist, Transcendentalist, spiritualist, and romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe! The author of her page on the Poetry Foundation website characterizes her as "intelligent, gifted, witty, and warm" and says "She was widely read." The fact is she is one of few women given space in the Bibliography of American Literature, that bastion of white male authors.
Provenance: Gift inscription on front wrapper, "Jno. McClellan, Esq. with the respects of E. Dyer, Jr."
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