COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR (1772-1834)
UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM 'A NAUGHTY GRAFF?', his name and address forming most of one line ('S.T. Coleridge, Esqre, Grove, Highgate'), 12 lines (8 of verse), 1 page, quarto, Grove, Highgate, 19 April 1832
A naughty Graff? Graff? - That's what Germans call
A Count and one whose Morals go a wry gate!
What can a Lady want one for, I wonder?...
This whimsical poem was written, as Coleridge explains in the autograph head-note, on the occasion of the 'Confab. between the Poet and Harriet, the House-maid, who had brought up a Message that "A Lady, below, Sir! would be much obliged to You for a Nautigraft."'
The piece ends 'Author of Works, whereof, tho' not in Dutch / The Public little knows, the Publisher too much.' The last two lines are recorded as the conclusion of an undated quatrain verse scrap 'written in an album' (Poetical Works, 1836, II: 145; 1912 edition: II: 972); and as a four-line epigram 'from Mr. Upcott's MSS.', dated Grove, Highgate, 28 Sept. 1827, and published in the Court Journal (1835); and in Coleridge's Notebooks for 24 May 1828 (with 'Tomes' in place of 'Works').
UNPUBLISHED: the poem in the present manuscript is unpublished and has been in private hands for the past century.
PROVENANCE: Louis I. Haber (sale, Anderson Galleries, December 1909, lot 422); William Forbes Morgan (uncle of Eleanor Roosevelt); Herbert Carlebach; James Cummins.