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JULIA WARD HOWE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 3/1909 - HFSID 264498

JULIA WARD HOWE A year and a half before her death, she penned and signed this verse. Autograph Quotation signed: "Julia Ward Howe.", 5¼x3½. In full: "The veriest churl/May be an Earl/With blazon broad and high;/And Hodge may hold/A heart of gold/that empires would not buy.

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JULIA WARD HOWE
A year and a half before her death, she penned and signed this verse.
Autograph Quotation signed: "Julia Ward Howe.", 5¼x3½. In full: "The veriest churl/May be an Earl/With blazon broad and high;/And Hodge may hold/A heart of gold/that empires would not buy." Dated by Howe at lower margin: "March. 1909." Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a social reformer and poet, wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", which she was inspired to write after visiting army camps in Washington, D.C. in 1861 during the Civil War. Howe's poem, first published in the February 1862 issue of "The Atlantic Monthly", was later set to music to the tune of the popular antislavery song, "John Brown's Body", and became the semi-official song of the Union Army. Howe later turned her fervor against slavery into a crusade for women's rights. She was the first President of the New England Woman's Suffrage Association and founded the Women's International Peace Association in 1871. Howe, who wrote poems for women's journals and founded the Boston Authors Club, was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1908). She died on October 17, 1910, only 19 months after she wrote out this poem. Lightly creased, horizontal fold near but not touching signature. Slightly soiled. Fine condition.

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