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The Death of Warren, A National Song Written by Epes Sargent, Esq. The Music Composed and Most Respectfully Dedficated to His Friend Abraham R. Thompson, M.D. of Charlestown, Mass. by William R. Dempster.

Sheet Music]. Sargent, Epes (Words), and Dempster, William R. (Composer)

Published by Boston. Oliver Ditson. ., 1845
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Fo. 11 pp. On the cover is a beautiful image of Joseph Warren lying in the throes of death at the battle of Bunker Hill, in a lithograph after the famous 1786 painting of that scene by John Trumbull (in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society). The image shows English soldiers and officers as well as minutemen surrounding Warren. the text quotes Warren's persistent refrain, "'Tis sweet to die for our country." The verses appeared in "Mr. Dempster's Ballad Soirées" (?1839, 1844). Epes Sargent (1813?80) was a journalist, poet, dramatist and energetic collaborator of S. G. Goodrich in the Peter Parley volumes. Later in life he was a devotee of Spiritualism. The composer, Willaim Richardson Dempster (1809?71) was born in Scotland and died in London. A naturalized citizen of the United States, he was a successful composer and singer. His specialty was music set for the songs of Tennyson's longer poems. John H. Bufford was a lithographer and publisher of prints. After 4 years in New York, he moved to Boston in 1839, later becoming associated with B. W. Thayer & Co. till 1844, when he started his own firm. He did a rare view of Princeton University and many town views as well as great whaling scenes. His work had an enormous range. Winslow Homer was his apprentice, 1855?57. Few spots of foxing and mild toning of edges. Owner?s signature and modest stamp of Frances C. Smith at head of front cover. Else, Very Good . DAB (for Sargent). Appl.Cyc.Am.Biog (for Dempster). BAL 17211, 17216. Groce and Wallace (for Bufford). Peters, America on Stone, 118?27 (for Bufford). Disbound. Illustrated and decorated lithographed cover. Bookseller Inventory # 11171

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Title: The Death of Warren, A National Song Written...

Publisher: Boston. Oliver Ditson. .

Publication Date: 1845

Illustrator: Cover lithograph by J. H. Bufford & Co's Lith of Boston.

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