The Rees Cadwalader notebook contains copied poems and essays on a variety of topics, including several composed in memoriam.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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Rees Cadwalader Notebook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Little is known of Rees Cadwalader. This notebook was kept for penmanship practice.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Rees Cadwalader notebook (48 pages) contains copied poems and essays on a variety of topics, including several composed in memoriam . The text on the inside cover indicates that Cadwalader kept the book for practicing his penmanship, and he may have been a student when he began the volume in 1801. The 16 entries are comprised of 12 poems, 3 essays, and a recipe for black ink. Two prominent themes are death and religious faith, often in conjunction, and the book contains narrative and introspective works, such as a story about the Doan outlaws and elegiac poems, respectively. Also of interest are a lengthy recollection of a dream experienced by Sarah Hunter, who twice saw visions of heaven and hell, poems about several types of love (including the love of God, spousal love, and a father's love for his daughter), and a tale of star-crossed lovers separated by their families' mutual hatred. Several compositions are attributed, and at least three were previously published: "An Address to the Deity" (published in the first edition of Anna Letitia Barbauld's poetry, 1773), "The Evening Fireside" (published in 1805), and "A Birthday Reflection" (published in The Friend, 1831). Pages 43-46 are missing, and page 47 is blank.
Barbauld, Mrs. (Anna Letitia), 1743-1825.
Christian poetry, English.
Doan, Abraham, d. 1788.
Doan, Levy, d. 1788.
Elegiac poetry, English.
Container / Location
Rees Cadwalader notebook, 1801 [series]
"Liberty and Slavery contrasted-Part of a letter written from Italy by Addison"
"On the Death of Mrs. Mason"
"Whatsoever ye would that Men should do to you, do ye even so to them," [Miss] Williams
"An address to the Deity," [Anna Letitia] Barbauld
"A tale relative to Reaping"
"On the Death of an amiable and affectionate Wife"
"Alcanzar and Zaida-a morish Tale imitated from the Spanish"
"A Birthday Reflection," [James Hamton]
"To a Daughter who wish'd her Father would write something for her instruction and entertainment"
"On the death of two Sisters; who departed this life soon after each other; in which short interval, the former part of this was written"
"On the death of Edith Sharpless, 8th mo, 2nd 1787"
"A Remarkable Dream or Vision on the 12th of January 1801" Sarah Hunter
"An Elegy on the Death of Samuel Ble[cby], who died of the small pox at Ackworth school in 1781 aged 13 years"
"An account of the Lives and behavior of Abraham and Levi Doan, Who were executed upon the commons in the city of Philadelphia on [fourth] day the 24th of September 1788"