Hard is my Lot in deep Distress
This poem was the token left by a mother on leaving her child at the Foundling Hospital in May 1759. It was the for custom a mother leaving her child at Thomas Coram's Foundling Hospital to deposit a unique token as a means of identification in case she was ever in a position seek the child's return. The tokens varied widely: metal tags, paper constructions, embroidery, buttons, base metal rings, lockets, brooches, a carved ivory fish, a hazel-nut shell. there were also written tokens and poems. You can see the collection of tokens at the Foundling Hospital Museum, Coram Fields, Bloomsbury, London, England.
Matthew John Williams