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    Katharine Lee Bates Autograph Note Signed. One page, 4.75" x 6.5", Wellesley College letterhead, Wellesley, Massachusetts, February 14, 1901. In full: "My dear Mr. Ward: Please find enclosed three dollars, if nobody has taken it out! Very Truly Yours Katharine Lee Bates" Bates, of course, wrote the words to what has become the most popular American patriotic song of the current day, "America the Beautiful," a song that has taken on a whole new meaning since the September 11, 2001 attacks. She wrote the song originally in 1893 while on a trip from Wellesley to Colorado Springs, inspired by the sights she saw on the way. Fine condition, one mailing fold not affecting the signature. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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