Early American Sheet Music: Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889

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AUNT HARRIET BECHA STOWE. Henry McCaffrey. Baltimore. 1853 Written Expressly for Kinkel Nightingale Opera Troupe By Charles Soran Esq. Music by John H. Hewitt. 250 net. At head of title: Respect. fully dedicated to the estimable wife of Ex-President Tyler, and the other patriotic and Union loving Ladies of Virginia, who so justly rebuked Lady Sutherland and the Ladies of England for their uncalled for meddling in the affairs of the people of the United States. Engraver: Gillingham. 6 pp., p. 2 blank, adv. on p. 6. Plate Mark 120.

¶Harriet Beecher Stowe was, of course, the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." This song, written in negro dialect, tells of the runaway slave who came to New York City looking for Aunt H. B. S., and received a cold welcome from the "abolitions."

* CAPTIVE'S LAMENT, THE. Oliver Ditson. Boston. 1844 Words by a Member of the Massachusetts Female Emancipation Society. Music by S. G. Fessenden. Price 25 Cts. net. Lith: Thayer & Co. [n. art.] 6 pp., pp. 2 and 6 blank.

Illustration: At top: Young negro wearing half skirt, arm around young negress wearing long skirt, is watching group of other negroes dancing. At bottom: Same negro boy, dressed only in old checkered trousers, meditating in Southern cottonfield.

* GET OFF THE TRACK! J. Hutchinson. Jr. Boston. 1844 A song for Emancipation, Sung by The Hutchinsons, Respectfully dedicated to Nathl. P. Rogers, As a mark of esteem for his intrepidity in the cause of Human Rights By the Author. Jesse Hutchinson Junr. Price 25 cts. net. Lith: Thayer & Co. [n. art.] 6 pp., pp. 2 and 6 blank. Plate Mark 388.

Illustration: Train marked "Immediate Emancipation" in foreground. Two banners on top of single coach marked "Herald of Freedom" and "American Standard." Wheel of front engine reads "Liberator," bell reads ". . . Bell"; wheel of rear engine reads "Repealer." At right: billboard marked "Liberty Votes and Ballot Boxes." In left center: tracks pass through "Railroad Station." Church in rear. In background: engine marked "Clay," with car attached is about to crash through broken bridge. Engine marked "Van" [Buren] with coach, is crashing into side of hill. In foreground group of men in silk top hats are arguing. Three of them in judicial robes.

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