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Lot #6102
Julia Ward Howe Autograph Manuscript Signed for a Poem Honoring Henry Ward Beecher

The 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' writer honors the memory of abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher

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The 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' writer honors the memory of abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher

Author, suffragette, dramatist, poet, and biographer (1819-1910), best remembered as the lyricist of 'Battle Hymn of the Republic.' AMS signed "Julia Ward Howe," four pages, 8 x 10, no date but circa 1887. Howe pens a memorial poem to honor abolitionist orator Henry Ward Beecher, concluding: "On the solemn judgment mount / He methinks may fearless stand, / For the final, dread account / With his record in his hand. / A great army would attest / The true succor that he gave / To the poor God loveth best, / To the woman, to the slave. / We once more may fitly pray / If a prayer can sound in heaven: / Be God's help to me this day / As the help that I have given." She writes and initials instructions to the printer at the conclusion: "Please acknowledge receipt at once, and say when proof will be ready." In fine condition. This poem was first published in 'Beecher Memorial: Contemporaneous Tributes to the Memory of Henry Ward Beecher,' a privately printed volume compiled by Edward W. Bok, editor of The Brooklyn Magazine.

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  • Auction Title: Art, Literature, and Classical Music
  • Dates: #682 - Ended June 20, 2024

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