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    Samuel F. Smith Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Quotation Signed; both are signed "S. F. Smith". ALS, one and one-half pages, 5.5" x 9", December 15, 1893, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, to an unnamed recipient. In part: "I thank you for your lovely letter of the 14th and for the beautiful book-mark, which by Mrs. Smith's suggestion and my cordial approval is to take up its home in my very best and favorite, as well as most elegant English Bible. . . . In conformity with your suggestion, I send by this mail 'Columbus' to Gov. McKinley, besides one to yourself. Your remark concerning Gov. McK. is too sweet a spray to be laid, years hence, on his catafalque. I wish he might enjoy it now." On lined paper; toned and fine.

    In the AQS, 3.25" x 1.75", December 31, 1894, n.p., Smith handwrites, "my country 'tis of thee,/ Sweet land of liberty,/ of thee I sing", a stanza from his beloved patriotic paean "My Country 'Tis of Thee." As noted at the bottom by Smith, he originally wrote this song in 1832, the year that he became a Baptist minister and editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. A friend had asked him to translate a German poem for him. Smith liked the music so much that he wrote new English words for it. The song became popular in his lifetime and was performed at his funeral eleven months after writing this quotation. Fine.

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