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

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CHAPTER XV
GOD'S PLENTY
"No other composer has produced so many simple, unassuming songs that have survived their first popularity."
óJohn Tasker Howard
I.
D URING the year 1849 the call of music was becoming too insistent for Stephen to resist. Late that summer he entered into correspondence with the New York publishers. Firth, Pond & Company. A letter from them to Stephen dated September 12,1 referred to his "acquaintance with the proprietors or managers of the different bands of 'minstrels'" and the prospect of introducing his songs to the public. Closing with a warning against writing "too much and too fast," the
P ublishers accepted the proposition Stephen ad made to pay him "two cents upon every copy of your future publications issued by our house, after the expenses of publication are paid. ... As soon as 'Brother Gum' makes his appearance he shall be joined to pretty 'Nelly/ "*
So Stephen concluded to devote himself to writing popular music, with Firth, Pond & Co.
* Stephen's song, "Nelly Was a. Lady."







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