Battle of the Potomac with the Malays. Written by One of the Crew.
L. Deming, ( n.d. (Circa 1832)), Boston
Single sheet, 19.5 x 26.5 cm. with decorative border in type, and b/w woodcut battle scene at top of sheet. Text in 2 columns.
(For a journal describing this expedition – the first recorded example of American Gunboat Diplomacy, see item # 31 – the Wilson manuscript below.) This is a song in twenty-one stanzas. There are two states of this song sheet, both published in Boston in response to the February, 1832 punitive expedition by the US frigate “Potomac” on the Malayan port of Quallah Battoo in reprisal for an act of piracy against an American merchant vessel by natives of that place. One, published by Hurst, is illustrated by vignettes of marching soldiers and a sailing ship. The other, offered here, was published by Deming. It is illustrated by a woodcut view of the actual battle, with American flag, a cannon, squads of attacking Marines, and fleeing natives. Although no copies appear on OCLC, there is at least one location for the Hurst edition – the Boston Public Library. Worldcat shows only AAS holding a copy of the Deming issue, but there is also an unreported copy in LOC. Both are identical textually, and both, obviously, are quite rare. See Neeser, p. 223, who cites the Boston Public Library copy. This copy of the Deming imprint shows a few light stains along its outer edge and marginal tears, top and bottom, with no loss of text.