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3068: Original Revolutionary War Poem, Phineas Smith

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Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
War of 1812Unique "War of 1812" Era Original Manuscript Poem c. 1814, War of 1812 Period, Original Manuscript Poem, titled "Old England," by Phineas Smith, About Fine.This historic, well written prose continues for a full 4 pages, which measure 12.25" x 7.5" having some overall scattered foxing and toning, the handwritten poem is easily read. Separated at some of the fold at left the laid paper pages are bound with a thin strip of true archival fiber tape. Although titled "Old England," this poem is a definite mocking jab at the "Mother country," as it includes a litany of famous American figures and their successes in fighting against the British from the Revolutionary War through the current War of 1812 period and perhaps to William Henry Harrison's famous fight with the "Savages". This poem starts out reading: "Old England forty years agoWhen we were young and slenderShe aimed at us a mortal blowBut God was our Defender.Jehovah saw the horrid planGreat Washington he gave usHis holiness inspired the manWith power and skill to save usShe sent her fleets and armies overTo ravage hill and plunderOur heroes met them on the shoreAnd beat them back with thunder..."Lots more, including historic events, battles and name-dropping of the likes of Decatur, Perry, Breckenridge, Madison, Macombs, and others. An extremely important and certainly unique, ode to America's second successful fight for freedom and independence from England.Early American will accept payment by check or credit card.

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