Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 50

Price Realized: $ 406
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) T. Comer, composer. The Tea Tax: A Yankee Comic Song. [3] engraved pages on 2 detached sheets, 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches; minor foxing. Boston: C. Bradlee, [1839]

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This tribute to the Boston Tea Party was "sung with unbounded applause by Mr. [George H.] Andrews at the Federal Street Theatre" in Boston. The lyrics are credited only to "a gentleman of Boston," but OCLC assigns credit to Samuel Elliot. The narrator presents himself as a plainspoken old man from the country who had participated in the revolt: "And then we went aboard the ships, our vengeance to administer / And didn't care a tarnal curse, for any King or minister / We made a plaguey mess o' Tea, in one of the biggest dishes / I mean, we steeped it in the Sea, and treated all the fishes." 5 in OCLC, and none traced at auction since 1901.