Poems And Essays by Mary Smith 1888 Mobile Alabama. I have been searching the internet for several years looking for this book and have only found one other copy. The original cover was green and it was in bad condition. I took the book to a Bookbinder to have the cover restored. The pages are yellowed from age but, are nice and tight. Contains 64 pages of poems. She wrote in the preface the following;
"I do not offer my Poems and Essays for any literary merit or intrinsic beauty they may possess, but only because so many dear friends have asked for copies of my poetic efforts that, at their suggestion, I have collected these which I hope will be received as Friendship's Offering.
As this little book is for private circulation only, I appreciate criticism from any but friends.
That my readers may always retain pleasant memories of me from my initial literary effort is the sincere wish of their friend".