Lot 700: 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. Highly desirable AQS on an off-white 10 x 8 lined sheet, neatly signed at the conclusion, "S. F. Smith, Written in 1832, Oct. 31, 1892." Smith pens the four original verses of 'America' in their entirety. In part: "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." In fine condition, with a central vertical fold, mild toning, and a thin repaired vertical cut along the left margin (not affecting any writing). Accompanied by an unsigned matte-finish portrait.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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