Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 31

Estimate: $ 500 - $ 700
Seward, Anna (1742-1809)
Monody on Major Andrè.

Lichfield: Printed and sold by J. Jackson for the Author, sold also by Robinson, Cadell & Evans et al., 1781.

Large quarto, signed by Seward on page 28, bound in 19th century half red morocco, sympathetically rebacked, 10 1/4 x 8 in.

Seward was distraught when Major John André was executed under charges of espionage by the Americans during the Revolutionary War. André had courted Honora Sneyd (d. 1780), Seward's very close and beloved friend, more like a sister. He was caught up in Benedict Arnold's traitorous exploits at West Point. Seward blames George Washington in particular, "Remorseless Washington! the day shall come of deep repentance for this barb'rous doom!" Washington sent evidence to Seward after the poem came out, affirming that he did not directly participate in the case as accused.

Sabin 79478; ESTC T41382.