Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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The author of the following song, James Gates Perciyal, an American poet, was born at Berlin, Connecticut, September 15, 1795. He was educated at Yale College, and studied medicine in Philadelphia. He left its practice for literary pursuits, but in later life he was assistant-surgeon in the army, and Professor of Chemistry at the West Point Military Academy. He was afterward an army-surgeon in Boston. He was sent witli a scientific exploring party to Wisconsin, where he died, May 2, 1857.
The music of ''The Carrier Pigeon" was adapted from an Irish air, by P. K. Mora.v one of the earliest music-teachers in New York city. He composed many airs of similar character.