|N. Tuttle. Account of a visit from St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus.|
Museum of the City of New York. 54.331.17
Additional evidence, not cited by Jackson, supports his finding that Moore used the Sentinel broadsheet in 1844 when preparing "Visit" for republication by Bartlett & Welford. As still faintly visible, a faded or penciled "X" indicates deletion of all prefatory matter including the heading "A Gift for Christmas" and the delightful engraving by Myron King. At the very top of the page, above the ornamental, arabesque border in color, another direction for the printer can be seen, apparently also in pencil or faded ink: "Nu 18" or "No 18." Can this abbreviated "Number 18" refer to the Christmas poem? Yes, absolutely: counting down in the table of contents for Moore's 1844 Poems, A Visit from St. Nicholas is the eighteenth piece in the book. Voila!
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
- A Trip to Saratoga
- To My Children, with my Portrait
- To THE Fashionable part of my Young Countrywomen
- The Mischievous Muse — Translation,
- Lines written after a Fall of Snow
- To Young Ladies who attended Philosophical Lectures
- On seeing my Name written in the sand of the sea-shore
- On Cowper the poet
- To Petrosa
- Translation of an Ode of Metastasio
- A Song
- Old Dobbin
- Apology for not accepting an Invitation to A Ball
- Answer to the above, by Mr. Bard
- Translation of a chorus in Aeschylus
- Lines accompanying some Balls sent to a Fragment Fair
- To a Lady
- A visit from St. Nicholas
- From a Husband to his Wife
- Lines by my late Wife, written in an Album....