Lot 676: Samuel Francis Smith

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2015-08-21 10:52:49

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Lot 676: Boston-born Baptist minister and academic (1808–1895) best known as the lyricist of 'America' ('My Country, 'Tis of Thee'), written while he was a student at Andover Theological Seminary. AQS on an off-white 4.75 x 2.75 card, signed at the conclusion, "S. F. Smith, 1832, 1884." Smith pens the first stanza of 'America.' In full: "My country, 'tis of thee, / Sweet land of liberty, / Of thee I sing; / Land where my fathers died, / Land of the pilgrims' pride, / From every mountain side, / Let freedom ring." Also includes an ANS signed "S. F. S," one page on a 5 x 3 postcard, January 21, 1885, in full: "1832 is the date of the writing of 'My country,' & The date of my birth is Oct. 21, 1808." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $1000-1500
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