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[Weild, C.]. A warning voice from a watery grave! Or a solemn proof of the uncertainty of life, and importance of an early preparation for death! In the instance of the melancholy and untimely fate of the much esteemed and lamented Miss Sophia W. Wheeler. New York: Pr. for the publisher by Sackett & Sargent, 1840. 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.54"). 24 pp.; illus. $250.00
Just 18 years old and about to be married, Wheeler was "one of the many unfortunate victims who perished by the awful conflagration on board the ill-fated steamboat LEXINGTON, on her passage from New-York to Stonington, Jan. 13, 1840" (per the title-page). Here, the untimely end of the Massachusetts native — and almost everyone else aboard the luxury vessel — provides a cautionary tale to Christians in need of preparing themselves for eternity.
=> This sole edition of "A Warning Voice" opens with the poem "Sister Spirit Come Away," illustrated with a wood-engraved scene of angels watching over the victims as they drown; a poem written by Eliza Perkins. Portions of several other poems about the catastrophe are included, one written specifically for Sophia, and one that begins "Death follows in the wake of Time and sweeps / Away the aged and the blooming young."
Also present are lists of officers, crew, and passengers of the Lexington, and an account of the various ways in which they perished. The authorial attribution comes from the copyright information.
This item is => scarce, with very few institutions reporting hard-copy holdings.
Sabin 101453; American Imprints 40-6819. Removed from a nonce volume; sewing going, with some leaves all but separated. Upper and lower edges waterstained, into margins but not text; pages age-toned overall with occasional foxing. (41953) Please RESHELVE This.
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