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Henry Chadwick Signed Poem
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
Poetic birthday greetings from Henry Chadwick, “The Father of Baseball,” to his wife, signed simply “Henry” in black fountain pen (grading “10”). The sentimental twenty-four-line poem, scripted on a single fold-over sheet (4.25 x 6.75 inches) is written entirely in Chadwick's hand and addressed “To Jane.” The poem reads in part: "To thee, love, to thee, love I turn for strength and aid, the lingering hope which now remains in a world of toil and shade; through the wasted tide of thought may bring but sadness and regret, there’s yet a fount which is not dry & star that cannot set – And since my boyhood’s worshipped dearly the past beyond recall, how should I fondly prize the love which well atones for all." Although undated, a scripted pencil notation at the base (which may have been written by his wife, Jane) reads “June 25, delightful.” Henry Chadwick had a long-standing tradition of writing poems to his wife on her birthday and this example is one of several that were originally obtained directly from Chadwick’s estate years ago. The sheet displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $823
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