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wrote, some ten years ago. These were published in an album entitled Silver Memories. It was a whole year before I had another lyric published! This was "I have a garden fair," set by Ellen Wright, which has already been referred to above. It is somewhat of a coincidence that the first of the Silver Memories lyrics, entitled " Far out of the silver sea," was written in the identical spot—on the Hampshire coast looking over the Solent to the Isle of Wight—on which Harold Boulton wrote " I have a nest in the heather," set by Charles Braun, and published as one of Three Songs of the Heather', under the title of " Ever so far away."
Curiously enough Moir and I never met, as I lived in the country at the time, but we were frequent correspondents. I have before me a letter I received a few years before his death, at the time when the pirates were making such havoc among the popular songs of the day. It is one of his characteristic epistles, and as such I may perhaps be allowed to quote it here.
"27 Biddulph Mansions,
" Maida Vale, W.,
" September 15. " Dear Simpson,
"I am so pleased with your kind letter.
We have been at above for some time now,
having to leave Stanmore because my dear little