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
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