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    Samuel Francis Smith Complete "America" Autograph Manuscript Signed. A period fair copy, signed "S.F. Smith". First and third page of a bifolium, 5" x 8". N.p., circa 1883. Smith adds the years "1832 - 1883," so it is likely that this particular fair copy dates from the year 1883. Smith wrote this song in February 1832, the year that he became a Baptist minister and editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. A friend asked him to translate a German song 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. Mounting remnants on verso with showthrough resulting. A small separation occurs along fold of second page.

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    April, 2013
    11th Thursday
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