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SMITH, SAMUEL FRANCIS HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, AMERICA, BAPTIST MINISTER, RELIGION

$1,500.00

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BAPTIST MINISTER WHO WROTE THE PATRIOTIC SONG AMERICA (MY COUNTRY, ‘TIS OF THEE) HERE SENDS A 4-PAGE LETTER OF CONDOLENCE TO HIS GRIEVING BROTHER ON THE DEATH OF HIS YOUNG SON

SAMUEL FRANCIS SMITH (1808-95) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, “Faithfully yours, S. F. Smith”, 5 x 8, written to “My dear brother”, Newton Center, Nov. 12, 1888, a moving letter of condolence by the Baptist Minister, journalist, and author who wrote over 150 hymns including the patriotic song,  “America (My country, -‘tis of thee)” In part: “Now that the first shock of grief for your late affliction is passed, and you have learned to sit down and calmly contemplate it, I feel quite sure the Divine grace of submission to God’s will is springing afresh in your heart, and the Divine consolation’s are being poured into your soul…The hope you cherish of the promising son is not utterly cut off. God has more worlds than one…in which to effect compensation’s for our trials, and in which to fulfill his promises…The child one doted on may be…a glimpse of Heaven may unfold in an instant powers…God has relieved your mind of a thousand anxieties and cares in reference to the dear son…He is not but to you, but temporarily separated…Christianity teaches us…the many pleasant memories you have of him…you have the sympathy of a thousand friends and brethren. Besides God is not dead, but remains with the sympathizing heart, and the comforting Hand. He is the everlasting Rock…I wish I had words to bring cheer and comfort to you in this your time of need…To Him I commend you, and remain, dear brother, Faithfully yours….” This is a moving example of the Baptist Minister attending to the needs of a grieving brother. Many years earlier Smith wrote the lyrics to “America”, while still a student at Andover Theological Seminary and it was first published in 1832. Smith later became editor of the Christian Review and other publications of the Baptist Missionary Union. “America” was sung at his funeral and years later quoted by Martin Luther King in his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. This letter is in fine condition, with the usual folds and minor age toning.

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