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JOHN GODFREY SAXE - AUTOGRAPH 05/14/1873 - HFSID 112203

JOHN GODFREY SAXE His 1873 signature on a small card Signature: "John G. Saxe/New York/May 14, '73", 3¼x2 card. John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) practiced law in Vermont, served one term as the state's Attorney General (1856) and ran twice unsuccessfully for Governor (1859 and 1860).

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JOHN GODFREY SAXE
His 1873 signature on a small card
Signature: "John G. Saxe/New York/May 14, '73", 3¼x2 card. John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) practiced law in Vermont, served one term as the state's Attorney General (1856) and ran twice unsuccessfully for Governor (1859 and 1860). However, he was bored by the law and preferred writing poems. His first volume, titled simply Poems (1849), went through 10 printings and competed in sales with Hawthorne and Tennyson. His early poems were mostly satires ("The Briefless Barrister"), but his serious poems ("I'm Growing Old", "The Old Chapel Bell") are better remembered today. He was also a popular public speaker. One of his quips has endured: "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." As a "Douglas Democrat," Saxe was soundly beaten in his race for Governor of Republican Vermont, and moved to New York, living the rest of his life in Albany. Foxed and stained. Adhesive and paper residue on verso. Corners worn.

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