"Give me the calm of Days decline,
to muse upon my own,"
...reads the frontispiece of the palm-sized Halloween, an artifact exhumed from the depths of the Portland Public Library's Special Collections. The volume was published in Hartford in 1847. The author, Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1818-1896), is simply attributed in the book as "A.C.C.," writes in the beginning stanzas of his narrative:
"I have been roaming in that Spirit-world,
and still my deathless love return'd to thee;
And still thy brow, thy locks in lustre curl'd,
And thy dear eye of beauty shone on me..."