Monody on Major Andrè … To which are added Letters…

~ Monody on Major Andrè … To which are added Letters addressed to her by Major Andrè, in the Year 1769. The second Edition. Lichfield: Printed and sold by J. Jackson, for the Author; sold also by Robinson … Cadell and Evans … London; Prince, Oxford; Merrill, Cambridge; and Pratt and Clinch, Bath. 1781.

4to (255 × 206 mm), pp. vi, 47, [1]; without the half-title; the final page strengthened with extra paper; disbound; signed ‘Mary Lloyd’ at head of p. [1], and by Seward herself on p. 28.

Second edition, published the same year as the first, signed by the author. A New York edition also appeared in 1781. With a dedicatory poem by Hayley.

Major John André was once a suitor to Honora Sneyd (d.1780), Seward’s beloved adopted sister. He was always Seward’s favourite, and his ‘romantic and noble qualities’ are memorialised here, in ‘a timely poem protesting at André’s court martial and hanging at Tappan by the Americans who condemned him as a British spy after the plans for the fortress at West Point were delivered to him by Benedict Arnold. Seward’s denunciation of George Washington for his part in the affair was so fierce that Washington sent an emissary to Seward with evidence demonstrating that his role was limited’ (Oxford DNB). Adams 81-65b; Jackson, p. 88; Jackson, Women, p. 293; Sabin 79478.

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