Manuscript Poem, Unsigned. "Stanzas Written on the Eve of a College Examination".

By: Praed, Winthrop Mackworth.

Price: $325.00

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No date, but paper watermarked 1826. Nine six line stanzas on four sheets, in Praed's hand in very light ink on the rectos only. Apparently an early draft, significantly differing from the version in the Derwent Coleridge 1864 collection of Praed's poems. Praed entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1821, and obtained a fellowship there in 1827. He was politically ambitious, was called to the bar in 1829, and in 1830 bought a seat in parliament for 1,000 pounds. He died of tuberculosis in 1839, age 37 (Leslie Stephen in DNB). With: a contemporary manuscript copy, in an unknown hand, of another Praed poem, "Ode Addressed to the Right Honourable P. Thompson on His Discovery of the Fructifying Principle", labeled "From the Albion Newspaper of Tuesday Evening, Feb. 7 (no year, but 1832). Thomson, when a massive deficit in a public fund was discovered, argued in parliament that there was nothing to worry about since the money had not been lost or stolen but had remained in the people's pockets, where it could remain active in the economy - a phenomenon he called "fructification" - and if the government needed money it could call for it later. Praed and his fellow conservatives ridiculed this theory and skewered Thomson for it (editorial remarks in Political and Occasional Poems of....Praed, 1888, ed. Sir George Young). There have been no less than twelve posthumous collections of Praed’s poems, the first in 1844 and the last in 1953 (NCBEL, v.3, 411), and a Penguin Classic paperback, Selected Poems of Beddoes, Praed and Hood, in 2000. Both items in Fine condition.

Title: Manuscript Poem, Unsigned. "Stanzas Written on the Eve of a College Examination".

Author Name: Praed, Winthrop Mackworth.

Categories: Other,

Seller ID: praed,winthropmackworth.325nodate,butpaperwaterm