Autograph manuscript signed in full. Contains two stanzas (16 lines) of a poem entitled "The Old Kirk Yard," 1 page, gray paper, dry mounted on foxed, white paper, 7 x 4.5 inches. In part: "Oh mourn not for them their grief is o'er, Oh weep not for them they weep no more; For deep in their sleep, tho' cold and hard, Their pillow may be in the old Kirk yard." No place, no date, circa 1820.
British author and songwriter who coined the phrase "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."