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. Sought-after autograph manuscript of his poem "America," one page, 9.75 x 6.75, signed at the conclusion, "S. F. Smith, Written Feb. 1832, Newton Centre, Mass, Apr. 15, 1885." Smith pens the four original verses of his iconic poem, beginning: "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 very good to fine condition, with two areas of thin paper at the top, a tiny tear to the top edge, and all of the writing light but legible. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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