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composed previous to my departure to America in the autumn of the year 1848, and presented as little souvenirs to several of my friends on my leaving England. . . . On my return to England I was urged by one of my friends to make a complete collection of these little compositions and publish them in a consolidated form. The kindness of my friends in restoring me some of my MSS. has enabled me to do this, and I now send these songs forth into the world, satisfied if they should be the means, in however humble a degree, of adding to the material of musical enjoyment, or of contributing anything to the regeneration of the popular taste in an important department of chamber music."
Sir Charles Santley has made "To Anthea " essentially his own, and it will probably always be associated with his name. A so-called special "Santley" setting was published by Cramer's in 1881.
The late Mr. F. G. Edwards, writing in the Musical Times last year, said of Hatton : "As a creative musician Hatton's fame rests on his part-songs and 'To Anthea.' A genuine British production, ' To Anthea' takes high rank among the first six of all the songs composed by our countrymen, and in spite of its sixty years it remains as fresh as ever in its irresistible vigour and perfect expression."