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A Biography Of America's Folk-Song Composer By Harold Vincent Milligan

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songs since I have been in Warren and have two under way, but do not feel inclined to send them off half made up. Much love to Jessie,
Your affectionate brother,
Stephen.
Stephen seems to have been in the habit of drawing in advance from his publishers and living on the prospective royalties of the new songs. A month later he writes to his brother again for financial assistance, referring again to the contemplated trip to New York.
Warren, Ohio, May 31, 1860. Dear Mit:,
Herewith I send you a draft on Firth, Pond & Co. for $50, which I wish you would hold for ten days, and if you can conveniently, please send me the amount by return mail. There will be no trouble about payment of draft. I have only one song to finish in the time mentioned. I desire to pay Mr. Schoenberger, the landlord, at the end of the month, as I engaged to do, and have told him that I would pay him when I would hear from Cleveland. I have received a very cheering letter yesterday from Firth, Pond & Co. and feel in good spirits generally.
Jesse Thornton arrived yesterday looking very well. We all did our best to give him a hearty welcome and you never saw such a happy family. He informs me that Jessie (yours) was in Cleveland, therefore I infer, that you have been in Pittsburgh since I saw you. I expect to start for New York before very long and hope to see you both.
Your affectionate brother,
Stephen C. Foster.







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