An autographed letter signed by this noted author and actress, to Miss Catherine Putnam, offering her reply in verse, for a request of an autograph. Boston, November 7, 1841. Item #3571
"Give you - what seriously - my autograph?
Well at the strange petition may I laugh,
but laughing, spite myself, I blush for shame
To feel you scarce can read my scribbled name,
Yet Byron, great in genius, scrawled no better,
And mighty Pope could hardly form a letter:
and bowing at their shrine - I imitate
All I can reach - the foibles of the great.
Anna Cora Mowat."