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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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36              Youth's Golden Gleam
words for his melodies and declared that "it is this intimate connexion between his poetry and music that gives such a charm to his com­positions."25 It was Russell who introduced Stephen to another Cincinnatian qualified to appreciate Stephen's po'etical and musical powers—that dignitary of the Gazette edito­rial office,- William D, Gallagher. Facts con­cerning Gallagher and his local and regional importance will be given in a later chapter. Stephen dedicated a song to him.
The dedication of another song reveals an­other friend. He was Samuel P. Thompson,25 a young fellow who lived at Mrs. Griffin s board­ing house. We know that he was employed as a clerk and that he was a Presbyterian. Ste­phen showed his esteem by dedicating to him his musical setting of a song entitled "Summer Longings."27
A friend of Stephen in the local publishing field was William C. Peters, a publisher him­self and also a member of the firm of Peters & Field, music dealers and publishers. In addi­tion to business matters they had family memories as a bond, for Peters had been a friend of the Fosters when he lived at Pitts­burgh.28 He later declared that he was "one of the first to discover the extraordinary talent of Mr. Foster," and that he was "from first to last his firm friend and adviser/'25
Among the minstrel performers with whom Stephen had professional dealings (see Chap­ter vn), was William Roark, "who lives in our







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