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Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-1894)

Auction:
2256
Lot:
23
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$2,820$2,400

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 2256
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 21, 2004 11:00AM

Description:

Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-1894), Autograph quotation signed, dated Boston, June 15th, 1877, one page, the third and final stanza from "Old Ironsides," "Oh, better that her shattered bulk/ Should sink beneath the wave;/Her thunders shook the mighty deep,/And there should be her grave;/ Nail to the mast her holy flag,/ Set every threadbare sail,/ And give her to the god of storms,/The lightning and the gale!," framed, (folds, mat toning). Note: By repute, this patriotic poem saved the USS Constitution from being scrapped in the 19th century.
Estimate $400-600

Keywords

Holmes, Massachusetts, Nail, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., United States, USS Constitution, Watercraft

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