“Anna Lee (The Finished Letter)”

Alternate titles: “I Have Finished Him a Letter”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (Belden; Randolph reports that this copy was written in 1873)
Keywords: love courting betrayal separation rejection
Found in: US(SE,So)


"I have written him a letter Telling him that he is free"; she wrote it when she heard that he had been "out riding With that saucy Anna Lee." But the girl regrets her words; she concludes "I'll tell him I still love him If he'll court Miss Lee no more."

Cross references



  1. Belden, p. 213, "The Finished Letter" (2 texts)
  2. Randolph 775, "Anna Lee" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. BrownII 143, "Annie Lee" (1 text plus an excerpt from 1 more)
  4. Rorrer, p. 82, "Jealous Mary" (1 text)
  5. Roud #474
  6. BI, R775