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Daguerreotype

Size
Date
Country
Artist
Sitter
Case
Colour
Mark
Notes

1/6
1850s
USA
Unknown
Unknown
Leather case
Pink cheeks
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Inside the case 2 letters and hair

Inside the case.

"If I had thought you could have died
I might not wish for it
But I forgot when I thought
That thou couldst mortal be
It never through my mind hast past
the time would e'er be over
and I on thee should look my last
and thou shouldst smile no more
- - -
Though fate induced that we should part
and each forced to sever
still thou remain in my heart
............ never "

On the paper, front.

"My initial one
No one shall fill
the hole thou had
left vacant in
my heart"

On the paper, back.

"How dear is
this to me it
is all I have left
my first my last
my only love
my last idol"

It is signed with a date or a name, but it's too hard to make out.

 

The first part inside the case is a known poem called "To Mary".
It's by Irish poet Charles Wolfe (1791–1823), best known for
"The Burial of John Moore after Corunna" (1816)

The original goes as follows:

If I had thought thou couldst have died,
I might not weep for thee;
But I forgot, when by thy side,
That thou couldst mortal be:
It never through my mind had past
The time would e'er be o'er,
And I on thee should look my last,
And thou shouldst smile no more!

The rest of the poem can be found here.