American author of girls tales and poems whose first book was published in 1859 ("Mother Goose for Grown Folks") and last book in 1900 ("The Integreity of Christian Science"). Item #41550
AQS, 1p, 7" X 9", n.p., n.y. Very good. Faint vertical show-through along leftmost 1" from mounting traces on verso, with ¼" paper loss near upper left corner (not affecting text). On lined paper (running vertically, strangely), Whitney boldly pens her three-stanza poem "A Violet," first published in her 1872 poetry collection "Pansies," and signs in full at the conclusion. Opens with "God does not send us strange flowers every year. / When the spring winds blow o'er the pleasant places, / The same dear things lift up the same fair faces. / The violet is here." An unusually lengthy example -- Whitney usually penned short sentiments only or single verse lines for admirers, not full poems.