[No place - Fislerville, New Jersey? B. D. Bozorth, circa 1856].
Very Good. Broadside. Approximately 6" x 16". Woodcut vignette of a teacher and student as header, decorative rules. Old slightly irregular horizontal folds, possibly as mailed, tiny tears at the edges of the folds, an attractive very good example. A long poem (apparently intended to be sung to a specified devotional hymn) that the author has priced "Three Cents" in type at the bottom, about the students of Fislerville (now Clayton), New Jersey, at the time a center of glassmaking situated between Glassboro and Vineland. The poem is an anthem for students wherein they pledge themselves to scholarly industry and demeanor, as well pledging good behavior:Our thoughts and acts we'll form in prayerNor chew tobacco, curse nor swear;For drinking rum and doing badWill only make our parents sad.On this particular copy, Bozorth has used the entire verso of the broadside to write a letter from "Fislerville, Gloucester Co., Jan. 16th 1856" to E. L. Cowart, asking for his assistance in finding a better paying teaching position, offering to pay him a commission dependent on the salary he can secure for Bozorth, and asking Cowart to contact him within six months. Benjamin D. Bozorth (1826-1892) spent his life as a teacher, the 1880 census found him still working as a teacher in nearby Maurice River, N.J. He died in Porchtown, N.J. in 1892. The recipient of the letter, Enoch L. Cowart was a prominent farmer and merchant in Freehold, N.J., where he owned a farm on the Revolutionary War site of the Battle of Monmouth. OCLC locates no copies of this broadside.