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    Samuel Francis Smith Complete "America" Autograph Manuscript Signed "S. F. Smith". One page, 9.75" x 7.75", May 10, 1893, n.p., with "Written for Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cole." at the top. Smith writes all four stanzas of this beloved patriotic paean often known as "My Country 'Tis of Thee." As noted at the bottom by Smith, he originally wrote this song in February 1832, the same year he became a Baptist minister and editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. At that time, a friend 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 two years after he wrote this for Mr. and Mrs. Cole. A very small separation at the center fold with light toning only at the very edges, presents very well. Fine condition.

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