[New York? np, 1829?]. Single sheet, 56 x 22 cm., printed on both sides. Three poems, printed in three columns each, plus several paragraphs of Christian advice. Beside the printed title of the first poem, "Dreadful Catastrophe" is a vignette of a sailing ship (a lightly printed image), decorative border across the tops of both pages, and partially down the sides of the recto; black rules at the ends of the text of both sides. Overall toning to sheet, one old fold line, small archival repair to right margin, not affecting text. The first line of the poem "Dreadful Catastrophe" is "The Day was fair, the sky serene...." The first line of "Johnson's Execution," for the murder of Mrs. Ursula Newman is "Again our peaceful happy land...." and for "Christian Experience" the first line is "Come, all ye sons of Adam's race...." Item #63913
An apparently unrecorded variant. The two copies listed on OCLC, at AAS and Brown, record the title of the first poem as "Awful Catastrophe" rather than "Dreadful Catastrophe," and mention, in addition to the cut of the ship, another cut of a hanged man on the gallows beside the second poem. Rules and borders also differ. New York State Library adds a copy in its "Broadside Ballads" collection. [McDade 529-534 records several printed versions of the trial of Richard Johnson for the murder of Ursula Newman].