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    "America"

    Samuel Francis Smith Complete "America" Autograph Manuscript Signed, "S. F. Smith". One page, 9.75" x 7.75", n.p., May 10, 1893. Smith writes, by hand, 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. This was the year that he became a Baptist minister and editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. 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. Fine condition with light toning only at the very edges, presents very well. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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