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118 The National Music of America.
We might give several more claims to the work, but we have cited enough to show how speedily pseudo-historical tales cluster around national music. There seems, how­ever, scarcely to be a doubt that Henry Carey, the composer of " Sally in our Alley," the unfortunate genius who committed sui­cide after a blameless life of eighty years, who died with a single halfpenny in his pocket, was the author and composer of the great anthem. It was at a tavern in Cornhill, in 1740, at a meeting convened to celebrate the capture of Porto Bello, that the song was first heard, the singer being Henry Carey, who, after being heartily ap­plauded, announced that it was (both words and music) his own composition.* There are
the last century. An article recently appeared in the Saturday Review of Mobile, Ala., on this subject, contrib­uted by Prof. Paul J. Robert. Grove's " Dictionary of Music and Musicians " also alludes to the Lully theory; but it is only another instance of family resemblance among popular melodies.
'See Gentleman's Magazine, 17965 Chappell's "Na-
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