TYPE: Manuscript
COMPONENTS: 4pp. octavo, a
CONDITION: Fine condition
ITEM ID: 622

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Poem on President Harrison’s Death

Year: 1885

Manuscript Poem entitled “The death of Harrison by N.P. Willis”“…What soar d the old eagle to die at the sun Lies he stiff with spread wings at the goal he had won Are there spirits more blest than the planet of even Who mount to their zenith then melt into Heaven No waning of fire no quenching of ray But rising still rising when passing away…”
Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) also known as N. P. Willis, was an American author, poet and editor who worked with several notable American writers including Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day. For a time, he was the employer of former slave and future writer Harriet Jacobs. His brother was the composer Richard Storrs Willis and his sister wrote under the name Fanny Fern.