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

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"The Weather is Bitter Cold"         129
Like Tom Moore, Haynes Bayley and Mrs. Norton, the poetry of Mr. Foster is wedded to his own melodies. It is this intimate connexion between his poetry and music that gives such a charm to his compositions. His subjects are always simple, and so is his treatment of them; yet they are broad and well defined. It is impos­sible to conceive of anything better suited to the popular ear than the subject matter of his melodies and words.
Mr. Foster resides somewhere near Pittsburgh and has always contented himself, we think, with a moderate clerkship and a small percentage on the sale of his songs. With a most amiable character and the modesty allied to true genius, he has never resorted to any claptrap or puffing of the press to bring himself or his music into notice. In fact, we have seldom or never observed a passing "notice" of any of his songs in the papers, although the songs them­selves are "familiar as household words" all over the civilized globe.
The member of the Gazette staff who wrote that tribute was Foster's friend of his Cin­cinnati days, John B. Russell In a letter2 dated Pittsburgh, January a8, 1857, Stephen

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