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    Samuel Francis Smith Autograph Manuscript Signed of His Most Famous Composition, "America." One page, 10" x 7.75", n.p., January 22, 1894, signed "S. F. Smith." Smith writes by hand all four stanzas of this beloved patriotic paean alternately known as "My Country 'Tis of Thee." As noted at the bottom by Smith, he originally wrote this song in February 1832, the year that he became a Baptist minister and editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. Earlier that year, 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 in 1895. Handsomely matted and framed to an overall size of 22" x 36". Though the manuscript has not been removed from the frame, it appears to have been repaired along the lower margin, possibly along a fold. Some discoloration appears in the top margin.

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    September, 2011
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
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