Item #53577 Lines on the Death of Luther Little, Jr. and Amos R. Little of Marshfield. David F. Church.

A tragic incident in Scituate

Lines on the Death of Luther Little, Jr. and Amos R. Little of Marshfield.

Marshfield, MA: August, 1815. One-page folio manuscript approx. 12" x 7¼", a hand-written elegiac poem probably written by David F. Church of Marshfield, Massachusetts, whose name appears on the verso. The poem is in 20 stanzas in double column (and an additional 4 stanzas in the right margin), and mourns the tragic deaths of two young cousins; Luther Little and Amos R. Little, of Marshfield. It is, apparently, unpublished. Some spotting, previous folds. "As they went out to spend a morning hour / In request of finding game / His disorder got full power / of his distracted brain." The poem ends with a warning, the gist of which is to improve their minds for the best and, in essence, that all should prepare to meet thy maker. The tragic story behind the poem is as follows: "Amos R. Little had a cousin, Luther Little, who had been in a melancholy, deranged state of mind for some time, whom he had taken to his house, hoping to be instrumental of affording him relief. On the morning of August 2, 1815, they crossed the north river from Marshfield into Scituate, with their guns. Not returning so soon as they were expected, search was made for them in the afternoon, and during the night, and at the dawn of the next morning their lifeless corpses were found, side by side, in a neighbouring pasture in Scituate. Amos was lying on his face with his gun loaded by his side, and some whortleberries in his hand. From the circumstances it appeared that Luther, in a fit of derangement, had shot Amos, and then loaded his gun and shot himself. The guns were heard about an hour after they crossed the river. Amos was aged 22 years and Luther 26. Cf. Selections from the diary and other writings of Mrs. Almira Torrey. To which is added a sermon delivered at her funeral, by John Butler, pastor of the Baptist Church in Hanover (Boston, 1823). Item #53577

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