Little Rosewood Casket

DESCRIPTION: The singer, dying for love, asks her sister to bring her love's letters, kept in the rosewood casket. Having heard them read, she prepares to die and asks that the letters, (ring), and other tokens be buried with her
AUTHOR: Louis P. Goullaud & Charles A. White
EARLIEST DATE: 1870 (sheet music)
KEYWORDS: death love infidelity ring farewell
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,SE,So) Australia
REFERENCES (22 citations):
Belden, p. 220, "Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text)
Randolph 763, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (2 texts plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 507-509, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 763A)
McNeil-SFB1, pp. 123-126, "Little Rosewood Casket" (2 texts)
Arnold, p. 67, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 181-183, "Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownII 273, "Little Rosewood Casket" (3 texts plus mention of 21 others )
BrownSchinhanIV 273, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (3 excerpts, 3 tunes)
JHCoxIIB, #28A-B, pp. 185-197, "A Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
Boette, p. 139, "The Rosewood Casket (A Package of Love Letters)" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 182-183, "Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text)
Shellans, p. 40, "Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune)
Carey-MarylandFolkLegends, p. 101, "A Package of Old Letters" (1 text)
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 261-262, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune)
Spaeth-WeepMore, p. 35, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 276-277, "Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 182, "Rosewood Casket"; p. 269, "Little Rosewood Casket" (2 texts)
Stout 61, pp. 83-5, "Rosewood Casket" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Neely, pp. 230-231, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 482, "The Rosewood Casket" (source notes only)
ADDITIONAL: Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II (1931), p. 206, "(The Rosewood Casket)" (1 text)

Roud #426
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (Rich-R-Tone 415, n.d. but post-WWII)
Vernon Dalhart "The Little Rosewood Casket" (Edison 51607, 1925) (Victor 19770, 1925) (Cameo 811, 1925; Romeo 333, 1927) (Broadway 4053, c. 1930) (OKeh 40488 [as Tobe Little], 1925) (Herwin 75506, mid-to-late 1920s) (Banner 6044/Domino 0199, 1927; Conqueror 7175, 1928; Conqueror 7750, 1931) (Champion 15906, 1930; Champion 45076, c. 1935; rec. 1928)
Cal Davenport & his Gang, "Little Rosewood Casket" (Vocalion 5371, 1929)
Arthur Fields, "Little Rosewood Casket" (Radiex 02272, 1926)
Betty Garland, "Little Rosewood Casket" (on BGarland01)
Sid Harkreader and Grady Moore (as Harkins and Moran), "There's A Little Rosewood Casket" (Broadway 8056, c. 1930)
Lulu Jackson, "Little Rosewood Casket" (Vocalion 1278, 1929)
Bradley Kincaid, "The Little Rosewood Casket" (Gennett 6989/Supertone 9403, 1929); (Bluebird B-5895, 1935)
George Reneau, "Little Rosewood Casket" (Vocalion 5057/Vocalion 14997/Silvertone 3044, 1925)
Arnold Keith Storm, "Little Rosewood Casket" (on AKStorm01)
Ernest Thompson, "The Little Rosebud Casket" (Columbia 216-D, 1924)

cf. "The Last Token"
NOTES [16 words]: Titled by the authors, "A Package of Old Love Letters," this title seems extinct in tradition. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.3
File: R763

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