|Antique autograph books and journals. Upper left autograph book is Mary |
Williams, gold and brown.
Presented to Mary Williams by her friend Florence, October the 23rd, 1879.
The first entry is from Florence;
I have looked your album oer and oer
To see what others have written before
And now I write that others may see
These simple words -remember me.
Your true friend, Florence
They seemed to be more sentimental in their messages, more poetic in the late 1870's to early 1880's compared with some of the other albums that I have from even the late 1880's to the 1920's.
Tis' not the value of a gift,
That friendships hand may tender.
Tis' not the things intrinsic worth
Though gems of rarest splendor
That calls the hearts best gratitude
Or wake a deep emotion
The simplest flower may be the gift
And aim a life's devotion.
Your true friend,
Mary A.Wetmore Oct.29th,1879
To A Dear Friend,
May heaven's blessings on you wait,
While journeying to thy rest.
May you while in this vale of tears, with
happiness be blest,
And when about to close your eyes
In deaths last final sleep
May you be seen to smile with joy
While all around you weep.
Fine wishes from your friend,
Fannie Wilson Jan 26,1880
Your book is a garden plot
In which all your friends may sow
Then let me place in that fair spot
A simple flower, Forget-me-not.
Elizabeth Amesbury Dec 25th, 1883