Dear Nell


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Dear Nell


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


Courtship--Songs and music
Letters--Songs and music

Alternative Title

Charlie Brooks,


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967








The Two Letters

Miss Adair, since I left the city,
I find that I’ve changed my mind.
Oh! Please do not think me fickle
Or think me the least unkind.
I find that we’re both mistaken,
I know you would never suit me,
And now my heart is another’s,
And with me I hope you’ll agree.

Please send me the ring that I gave you,
Also my picture so fair.
And please be so kind as to free me
From a flip and a flirt, Miss Adair.
Please send me the locket I gave you
Also my letters and books.
Henceforth Miss Adair, we are strangers,
Respectfully yours, Charles Brooks.

Dear Charley, I received your letter,
The last one you sent to me.
I have read it all over and over,
And with you of course I’ll agree.
I hope that you will be happy
With the beautiful heiress, Miss Gray.
I have heard all about it dear Charley,
And thought it would end this way.

Oh! Here is your ring, dear Charley,
Don’t give it to her, I pray,
Unless you tell her it was mine once,
I’ve had it a year today.
Only a year, dear Charley
‘Twas a bright happy year for us both.
You swore that you’d never forget me,
But you’ve been untrue to your oath.

Oh, here is your picture, dear Charley,
‘Tis almost faded away.
‘Tis because I have kissed it so often,
And that you can tell Miss Gray.
Oh, here are your letters, dear Charley,
I burned mine all when they came,
And I hope without reading them over,
You’ll commit them all to the flame.

You have my heart’s best wishes
For your happiness through life,
May your path be decked with roses
With an heiress for your wife.
And now goodbye, dear Charley,
My letter is nearing it’s end.
But remember dear Charley, remember
I’m forever and ever your friend.

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Songs - 320 Randolph, 735.

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