[np: @1850]. Broadside song, without music, in three stanzas of four lines each, plus repetitive chorus in four lines. Lightly toned, Very Good.
The first line: "I once knew a darkey, and his name was Uncle Ned,/ Oh he died long ago- long ago."
"A lament in memory of a beloved Black slave, deceased at advanced age, yet a hard worker to the end. Lamented even by his slavemaster. While undated, the text style, format, etc. show it to be in the period 1845-55. Variants of Uncle Ned were part of the early history of minstrelsy in America. Stephen Foster is credited with an 1845 (published 1848) variant of this song, which may have been the basis of all other variants. Fuld claims that Foster, despite his debts to minstrelsy, had never incorrectly or improperly claimed originality for his music. The precise text of this broadside is printed with illustration in White's New Melodeon Song Book of 1848, where it is reported to have been 'sung by that inimitable performer, Mr. Charles White, at his Melodeon Concert saloon, New York'." [From the site of Accordion Uprising at wordpress on line.]
LCP Supp. 842 [another printing]. Wolf 2389 [American Song Sheets, 1850-1870]. Item #35753