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Subseries 4. Manuscripts, 1837-1863

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains manuscripts written in Foster's hands, including music manuscripts, his account records, and correspondence. The most significant item in this subseries is Foster's manuscript or sketchbook, which has been fully digitized and may be viewed online through Pitt's Digital Research Library.

Section: Music Manuscripts, 1837-1863

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains the individual music manuscripts written in Foster's hand.

A324 "Willie Has Gone to War," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A325 "Where is Thy Spirit, Mary?," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)

A second original, mounted copy also exists in the collection (no accession number) with an 1895 letter from Morrison Foster.

A326 "Lou'siana Belle," 1837-1863 (1.0 folders)
A328 "Old Folks Variations," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A330 "March in the Prophets," by Meyerbeer, 1837-1860 (1.0 folders)

Manuscript of Meyerbeer's "March in Prophets" in Foster's hand.

A331 "Abolition Show," March 11, 1857 (1.0 folders)
A332 "The May Queen," 1837-1860 (1.0 folders)
A333 "Meet Me Tonight Dearest," 1837-1860 (1.0 folders)
A350 "Sadly to Mine Heart Appealing," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A351 "The Wife," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A352 "Willie My Brave," 1837-1864
A353 "Linda has Departed," 1837-1863 (1.0 folders)
A354 "I Would Not Die in Spring Time," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A355 "For Thee, Love, For Thee," 1837-1864 (1.0 folders)
A230 Account Book, 1837-1863

Commercial ledger book bearing "Stephen C. Foster" in autograph on flyleaf recto. Contains records of expenses, such as washing and room rents, as well as payments from Foster's publishers, Firth, Pond and Company. Measures 7-3/8" by 5-1/4" , includes on ruled blue paper with thumb-index guides. A photostat created in the 1930s is available at the Center for American Music.

A298 Sketchbook, 1851-1863

Stephen Foster’s sketchbook is a twelve- by eight-inch (30.9 x 20.5 cm) book of 113 leaves half-bound in brown leather with heavy paper boards covered in red and blue marbleized paper. All entries are in similar handwriting in pencil, except for red pencil for verse 1 of “Old Black Joe” (p.109v); all on same paper. The book is inscribed “Allegheny City June 26 1851” in Foster’s hand on page 1 recto and appears to span a nine-year period.

The sketchbook includes draft texts for sixty-four different songs including several of his most popular ones; a few pages include sketches of the music. Several of the draft lyrics are for unpublished songs (these are noted with brackets around the titles). The book also contains odd jottings, scribbles, doodles, and exercises in which Foster apparently practiced his signature and initials. A number of pages were torn out and are missing.

One page had been cut out by the composer’s granddaughter; it has been recovered and placed in its original position.

A photostat copy created in the 1930s is available of this item, as is a digitized copy (, and a transcript of the entire document.

Section: Miscellaneous Items in Foster's Hand, 1837-1864

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains items written in Foster's hand, including autographs, poems, his last message, contracts, and other miscellaneous items.

A312 Autograph of Foster for George Cooper, 1862 (1.0 folders)

"This Saturday I write my name for George Cooper. S.C. Foster." Written on a small scrap of paper probably sometime in 1862.

A329 The Five Nice Young Men, May 6, 1845 (1.0 folders)

Poem in Foster's autograph dated May 6, 1845. Describes Foster's fellow "Knights of the Square Table" in humorous terms. Foster's brother, Morrison, penciled in the name of each friend at the appropriate stanza. These friends were Charles P. Shiras, Charles Rahm, Andrew L. Robinson, Robert P. McDowell, and J. Harvey Davis.

A322 Foster's last message, 1863-1864 (1.0 folders)

The famed scrap of paper found in Foster's wallet after his death bearing the words "Dear friends and gentle hearts" in his autograph. Allegedly the last thing written by Foster and assumed to have been an idea for an unwritten song.

Bank draft of Firth, Pond, and Company, May 31, 1860

Standard printed bank draft with steel engravings. Written in Foster's autograph: "$50. Warren, O, May 31, 1860 One day After Sight Pay to the order of M. Foster Fifty Dollars value received and charge the same to the account of Very Respy Yours S.C. Foster To Firth Pond & Co. New York." Referred to in a letter to Morrison Foster (A342) which accompanied the draft. It is not known why Morrison never cashed the draft.

C920 List of songs with prediction of future earnings, given to Firth Pond by Foster, undated

This item is a photocopy; the original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

C921 Contract between Foster and Firth Pond & Co., 1854

Item is a photocopy; the original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

C922 Contract between Foster and Firth Pond & Co., 1858

Item is a photocopy; original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

M1622 .F67 .055 1851 c.6 Self-portrait of Foster in top hat, 1851

Drawing appears on the back of "Old Folks at Home."

Section: Stephen Foster's Correspondence, 1837-1863

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains correspondence from Stephen Foster and written in his hand.

A343 To his father, William B. Foster, Sr., January 14, 1837 (1.0 folders; typed transcript at C845. )

My Dear father

I wish you to send me a commic songster for you promised to. if I had my pensyl I could rule my paper. or if I had the money to by Black ink But if I had my whistle I would be so taken with it I do not think I would write atall. there has been a sleighing party this morning with twenty or thirty cupple. Dr. Bane got home last night and told us Henry was coming out here I wish Dunning would come with him tell them bothh to try to come for I should like to see them both most two much to talk about.

I remane your loving song

Stephen C. Foster

A344 To his brother, William B. Foster, Jr., November 9, 1840 (1.0 folders; typed transcript at C845. )

Athens Nov. 9th

Dear Brother

As Mr. Mitchell is going to start for Towanda to day, I thougt I would write you a line concerning my studies as he says you will not be here for more than a week.

My Philosophy Grammar & Arithmetic not being enough to keep me going I would ask your permission to Study either Latin or Bookkeeping.

I have no place to study in the evenings as the little ones at Mr. Herricks keep such a crying and talking that it’s impossible to read. There is a good fire place in my room and if you will just say the word I will have a fire in it at nights and learn something. When you come don’t forget my waistcoat at the tailors. there are several little articles which I need though I have no room to mention them. I must stop writing as I am very cold.

Your affectionate Brother


A345 To his brother William, circa 1840-1841 (1.0 folders; typed transcript at C845. )

Towanda Thursday

My Dear Brother,

As you wish to have me go to Athens for fear I will not learn enough in this place, I will tell you what my ideas were on the subject.

Mr. Vosberry is a very good mathematition, and as he has quit keeping school he is going to occupy a private room in the house of Mr. Elwell.

Mr. Kettle will be here tomorrow and will stop at Barlett & Fords. he will have a room there but will not be in it in the daytime as his paint room will be at another house. Mr. Ford says he will board me and give me a good a room as I wish for $2.00 per week.

If you will let me board here (while you stay) and room with Kettle I will promise not to be seen out of doors between the hours of nine & twelve A.M. and one & four P.M. Which hours I will attribute to study, such as you please to put me into. I will also promise not to pay any attention to my music untill after eight Oclock in the evening after which time Mr. Kettle will probably be in the room as he cannot paint after dark. I don’t se how I could have a better chance for study. & the above price is as cheap as I could live in Athens that lonesome place-— can go over to recite in the forenoon at about 10 oclock and in the afternoon at 4—do please consent.

Your affectionate & grateful brother


Please pay Mr. D. Mitchell $3.00 which I borrowed from him to pay for pumps, subscription &c for the exhibition. I allso owe Mr. Vandercook a very small amount. Don’t pay Mr. Herrick for fire in my room as I have not had any since you payed him last.

A346 To his brother, William, July 24, 1841 (1.0 folders; typed transcript at C845.)

Canonsburg Saturday

My Dear Brother,

I arrived her on last Tuesday, and found among the quantity of Students of this institution , several of my old acquaintances.

This is a very pretty situation where I board as it is on an elivation of about four hundred feet. We have about two hundred and thirty students here at the present time, and a library of about 1500 volumes.

Pat left this on Wednesday last and is now at Warren I believe.

The tuition instead of being $5.00 amounts to $12.50 and boarding $2.00 per week.

Pa paid my tuition bill in advance, as is customary at this place. There is several other bills which I have not paid as I have not the means. Such as 2 or $3.00 for joining one of the literary societies, as all of the students belong to them I was requested to joiin one and put it of for a couple of weeks, for as Pa has not much more than the means of getting along I thought I would write you this letter that you might considder over the matter. I will also have to pay boarding bill at the end of every month which will amount to $8.50 that is at the end of four weeks and a half which generally makes a month, and if you see fit to send me a little of the bino. Once in a while I will insure you there is no inducements here to make me spend any money unnecessarily. I will allso have to pay about $1.25 per week for washing as I have to keep myself very clean here.

I would inform you in the meantime I need another summer coat or two especially for Sunday.

The Ohio river is very low and falling gradually. The boats have ceased runing.

As I have made out a mideling long letter and am clear out of information (news) I would only say, wishing you a safe journey home and through life, and that I may some day be fit to render thanks to you for your unceasing kindness to me. I remane your ever grateful and affectionate brother


A347 To his brother, William, August 28, 1841 (1.0 folders; typed transcript at C845)

Pittsburgh August 28th---41

My Dear Brother,

I suppose that you are surprised and probably displeased at me for not being more punctual in writing to you every fortnight, as you wished to have me do. I will therefore proceed to make my best excuses.

When I wrote to you from Canonsburg I did not tell you whether I liked the place or not (if I remember aright) but now I will take the liberty of telling you that I became more disgusted with the place as long as I stayed in it. It is not a good time to begin college in the middle of the Session as I could not get into any class for three or four days after I went there, and when I did get started into a recitation it was in irregular hours.

If I had went as a regular student I might have been examined and got along very easily, but going as I did just to stay a session or two, I suppose they did not care much whether I was attended to or not. Besides, when I had been there but five days I took sick (from a disiness in my head occasioned by an overflow of the blood) and was confined to bed for two days.* [In a footnote:] *Whenever I would go to raise up out of bed I would become so dizy that I could scarcely see.

In the night of the second day of my Sickness, my nose took to bleeding which made me feel better the next morning.

It so happened that one of the students was coming in to town that day (Samuel Montgomery of Pittsburg) and I concluded I would come in with him, as he asked me to.

When I left Canonsburg your letter had not arrived. So that I wrote to Mr. Mercur (brother to the Mercur’s in Towanda) to forward it on as soon as it arrived, but nevertheless I did not receive it untill about two weeks after won wrote it. Although you told me not to wate for your letters when I wrote, still I expected it every day so that I was put of beyond the regular time.

When I did get it we were just preparing to move over here, which kept me buisy for two or three days, and as soon as we got partly moved I commenced going to School to Mr. Moody—So that I never got a fair chance to write untill to-day.

I hope that you will pardon me for writing to you so extensively on the money subject. But at the same time I will let you know that a boy comes out mighty thin in Canonsburg without some of it in his pocket.

Pa had not told me that he would furnish me with as much money as I needed, or I would not have troubled you on that subject.

As we were all talking over different subjects the other evening among others the subject of the Navy was talked of. Now a midshipman is just what I fancy.

Pa is away in Washington county at a temperance meeting and will return this evening I think.

With these few lines I will bring to a close by stating that we are all well and in good spirits. Hopeing that you will ever be blessed with the same qualities I remain your ever affectionate and justly dutiful brother


I will try hereafter to come up to the mark in the letter writing line.

A335 To his sister, Ann Eliza, September 15, 1845 (1.0 folders; Typed transcript exists at C493 )

September 15, 1845 [To his sister, Ann Eliza]

Pittsburgh, Sep. 15, 1845

My Dear Sister,

In one of your letters you expressed a desire that I should compose for you some organ music, but as I have no knowledge of that instrument I have thought it advisable not to explore my ignorance. I have, however, seen Mr. Mellor who has promised to lend me some music that he thinks will suit, which I will copy and send to you.

Henry has written home saying that he would like to change places with some person until he may have time to come to Pitt. and rest himself, and as it would be a very pleasant change I have thought of taking his place in Washington. If I do so I will, no doubt, have an opportunity of visiting you. He seems to think that there is no chance of advancement in the office which he now holds and if he can get a good situation here he will let me make a permanent stay as Washn.

We have received one letter from Dunning since he left us I suppose he visited Paradise on his way east he had not, when he wrote, visited Philadelphia, where (as you must know) his true-love is staying.

I am writing amidst the bustle of the Hope ware-house you must forgive therefore my haste.

We are all well excepting little Tom, who has had quite a fever but is now getting better.

Love to all--. Your affectionate brother


A349 To William E. Millet, May 25, 1849 (1.0 folders)

Cincinnati May 25, 1849

Mr. Wm. E. Millet

Dear Sir

I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 21st inst. and to give you what information I can touching the subject of your inquiry.

I gave manuscript copies of each of the songs “Lou’siana Belle”—“Uncle Ned”--& “Oh, Susanna” to several persons before I gave them to Mr. Peters for publication, but in neither instance with any permission nor restriction in regard to publishing them, unless contained in a letter to Mr. Roark accompanying the m.s. of “Uncle Ned” – although of this I am doubtful. Mr. Peters has my receipt for each of the songs.

The only information which I can give you in regard to dates, as my memory does not serve me, must be in copying the years named on the title-pages of the Cincinnati publications, from which I infer that “Lou’siana Belle” was copy-righted in 1847 – the others in 1848.

If I see Mr. Roark (who lives in our city) I will give you further information in regard to the letter which I wrote him. I have the honor, sir, to subscribe myself

Very Respectfully Yours,

Stephen C. Foster

A336 To his sister, Ann Eliza, July 16, 1850 (1.0 folders; Typed Carbon copy at C467)

Pittsburgh, July 16, 1850

My Dear Sister,

I write to say that I am to be married on Monday next to Miss Jane, daughter of the late Dr. McDowell of this place, and that we will start on the same evening for Baltimore and New York, The trip will be on business as much as for pleasure, as I wish to see my publishers in the east as soon as possible, Therefore I regret that I cannot, to my own advantage, pay you a visit in going, although I will pass very near your house. We will however endeavor to give you a call in returning, but this may not be for several months. We are to have a small wedding. With love to Mr. Buchanan and the dear children.

Your affectionate Brother


A348 To his brother, Morrison, July 8, 1853 (1.0 folders)

New York, July 8, 1853

My Dear Brother,

Your letter of the 6th is received. The vest arrived safely, I am glad you sent it. I wish you could send me Mess. F.P. & Co.’s note for 125$ which I gave you. In my anxiety to pay you I rather stinted myself expecting to be able to live modestly at home, but circumstances have increased my expense as you know since that time. They have just rendered my account which is over five hundred dollars, and that for the dullest season of the year, so you can see my prospects are good but I dare not claim any money until these notes are all paid, though full amt of my a/c current is passed to my credit, & bal. Due to be claimed after that time. If you will let me have the note I will take the first occaision to pay you. I am not living expensively, and I hope it will not be long before I can pay you back the amt.

I made it payable to your order, so, if you send it, don’t forget to indorse it.

I am getting along first rate, with plenty of work to keep me busy.

Hippodrome no humbug, races there very exciting. Taylor’s new saloon great. Sontag opera with Salvi Seffaroni &c. next week. Crystal Palace in a week. Fourth of July here good for nervous sick people I dare say, cleared myself out of town, went over to Staten Island and saw Vin Smith. Gilliad and wife at Niagra – home next week. I am bringing out a couple of good songs. Love to all

Your affectionate brother


A308 To his sister, Henrietta, March 19, 1855 (1.0 folders)

Allegheny City, March 19, 1855

My Dear sister

You will be delighted to hear that I have received a letter from Dunning written at New Orleans conveying cheering news with regard to his health. He says that he is so much improved in health as to feel that he will ultimately overcome his complaint entirely, at the same time saying that he has suffered a great deal both in body and mind. His letter is full of affection expressed towards us all and of deep feelings on the subject of our dear mother’s death. He hopes to visit us all in the summer, naming in this connection Youngstown, Allegheny City & Philada. Pa’s health has been excellent ever since you left us. I have taken great care to see that he is treated with regularity and system. Biddy is my main stay, and is even a much better girl than I had expected to find her. Margaret is also an excellent girl. I found, for many reasons, that Mrs. Gibson was any thing but an assistance to us, though her intentions for the most part were good. She and Carry, her daughter, have gone home. I get along much better without having any strangers in the house except as servants. I hope dear Mary’s health is firmly established by this time. Mit. is in Philada. With love to all.

Your affectionate brother


Jane sends her love. She is making summer dresses for Marion. Please let me hear for you.

A311 To his friend, Billy Hamilton, January 16, 1857 (1.0 folders)

Pittsburgh Jan. 16, 1857

Dear, Billy,

Your letter from Point Pleasant has been received, and I am glad to know the whereabouts of the great North American ballad singer. When can you promise to appear again before a Pittsburgh audience? Masonic Hall can be had now. I have also had an engagement, tendered me, but I declined. Kleber is going to give a concert and he has offered me the post of first anvil player in the “Anvil Chorus” from a new opera. I was unwilling to go through the course of training and dieting requiste for the undertaking, and consequently declined. I understand he has sent to Europe for a “first anvil.” We have had another little political brush in the election of Mayor, but there was very little excitement.

I have not yet received the Cincinnati Gazette and suppose that puff has not appeared. I will send you by this mail a copy of “Jeanie with the light brown hair” if I can find a copy. Mit is now living with us. James Buchanan returned yesterday from a long visit home. Mrs. F. and Miss Maggie are quite well. Your account of your appearance on stage rather got them.

I am much obliged to you for that dog, “Rat-trap” as we call him, on account of his well known ferocity toward those animals. You must pardon me if I inform you that he is now with us no more. He continued to devour shoes, stockings, spools, the Cat and everything else that he could find lying around loose. At last we held a council of war, and thought we would put him in the cellar. There he stayed for three weeks and howled all the time, and would have howled until now if I had not let him out. I was afraid the neighbors would inform on us for keeping a nusiance. Solitary confinement did not agree with him. He lost his appetite. Then I gave him some garlic as you had instructed me. This gave him a sort of diarrhea, and he got into Mit’s room and relieved himself on his bed, then he scattered his dirty shirts over the floor, sprinkled his shoes and played hob generally. This performance seemed to bring him to his appetite, for that same evening he stole a whole beef steak off the Kitchen table and swallowed it raw. We concluded that this was too much to stand even from “Friendships offering,” so I made up my mind to trade him off. John Little had a friend in Chicago who wanted just such a dog, so he gave me a very fine Scotch terrier eighteen months old for him. “Trap” is enjoying the lakebreezes. I am very much obliged to you for that dog.

James Buchanan has just come in to see me, so here I will wind up.

Your Friend

S.C. Foster

A337 To his brother, Morrison, October 22, 1858 (1.0 folders)

Pittsburgh Oct. 22/58

Dear Mit

I recd. the medicine you sent me for Bill Blakely and took it over to him. I also left with him all the directions contained in both your letters. Bill looks worse than when I last saw him, and he told me that he had been sinking for the past two weeks more than formerly. He says that your medicine is much better than that by the same name which he has been using. I will call on Cupid and get the shaving fixings.

If you are not in any particular hurry for Benton’s books I would like to read a little in them before sending them to you.

Please give my love to Brother William and ask him whether he would like to have me send him the Assembly books that Pa had. We are all well—

Your Affec. bro

S.C. Foster

If you have the book containing Scotch melodies I wish you could send it to me, I will return it to you. I have sent to F.P. & Co. the song “Sadly to mine heart appealing” (Lyrics suggested on hearing an old Scottish melody) and would like to select an old tune for the introductory symphony. If you have not the book probably you can tell me where to find one.


A310 To his brother, Morrison, November 2, 1858 (1.0 folders)

Pittsburgh Nov. 2, 1858

Dear Mit

Neither Henry nor I feel inclined to go to Cincinnati, but our old friend Tom Smith says he will go willingly. I told him he should have his passage free if he paid for his meals. This he has agreed to. I will pay the $3 – extra passage. Will this suit? If so let me know and send me the pass, and I will notify Mary when to be at Salem.

By the way, there is an excellent man named James Gray here who desires to see him family in Cincinnati. He is a hard working Glass blower. He says he could get off from duty if he could only afford to pay his passage. If it can be done send a pass for him. I like his general character.

Your affectionate brother

S.C. Foster

The pass for Mr. Gray will have no reference to Tom Smith’s business.

A338 To his brother, Morrison, November 11, 1858 (1.0 folders)

Pittsburgh, Nov. 11, 1858

Dear Mit

Mary Wick, Jane, Marion and I start tomorrow for Cincinnati on Billy Hamilton’s boat, the “Ida May.” We all went to see Miss Davenport last night at the “old” theatre. We will stirr old John McClellan up in Cincinnati, make the children sing and bring in Billy’s bass voice. The trip will be a recreation and variety for me. Siss gets along very well since mother’s death. We had a nice duck supper with her the other evening. She had plenty of jokes about Andy as usual.

Our old friend Bill Blakely died this morning. There is a very favorable notice in the evening’s “Chronicle.” I posted O’Neil on the matter. When I saw him last he said he wondered whether he would ever see you again.

Your Affectionate Brother

S.C. Foster

A339 To his brother, Morrison, June 13, 1859 (1.0 folders)

Pittsburgh June 13, 1859

My dear brother Mit.

Yesterday my neighbor who has the Daguerreotype establishment invited me to have my picture taken. I think it is rather good and I send it to you, my dear brother.

Did you receive my letter intended for Mr. Bateman, and did you forward it?

I sent off a first rate song that other day to Firth, Pond & Co. When I receive a printed copy I will send it to you.

Your affectionate bro.


A340 To his brother, Morrison, August 15, 1859 (1.0 folders)

Dear Mit,

I went to Baden on Saturday, and took Jane with me. I saw Mr Deerdorf who said that the crops had been bad and dull payments &c &c. In short, he had not the money. He had not recd “the scratch of a pen” from you in a long time that you had not demanded the money when it was due, &c. I asked him when he would be ready with the money, he said, about the 1st of October. I told him to leave it with Henry. We took dinner and tea at Mr. Aderson’s. He was not at home, but the girls were. Mrs. Berry (the youngest daughter) is very pretty and entertaining, being a combination of Mary Wick, Mary McClelland, Mrs Mitchell, Mrs. Woods, &c.

Much love to all

Your Affec. bro

S. C. Foster

A342 To his brother, Morrison, May 31, 1860 (1.0 folders)

Warren, O. May 31, 1860.

Dear Mit

Herewith I send you a draft on Firth Pond & Co. for $50 – which I wish you to hold for ten days, and, if you can conveniently, please send me the amount by return mail. There will be no trouble about payment of the draft. I have only one song to finish in the time mentioned. I desire you to pay Mr. Shoenberger (the landlord) at the end of the month as I engaged to do, and have told him that I would pay him when I hear from Cleveland.

I received a very cheering letter yesterday from F.P. & Co. and feel in good spirits generally.

Jesse Thornton arrived yesterday looking very well. We all did our best to give him a hearty welcome, and you never saw such a happy family. He informed me that Jessie (yours) was in Cleveland, therefore I infer that you have been in Pittsburgh since I saw you. I expect to start for New York, before very long and hope to see you both.

Your affectionate brother

S.C. Foster

A341 To his brother, Morrison, April 27, 1860 (1.0 folders)

Warren, O. Apl. 27, 1860

Dear Mit.

Please send me by return mail $12 – I have received from F.P. & Co. a letter stating that they cannot advance me any more money till I send them the songs now due them (about two as I make the calculation) as our present agreement is about expiring. They show a disposition to renew agreement, but, very properly required payment in music before any new arrangement. I have entered into an arrangement with a new house for part of my music, but, as the terms are not entirely fixed, I cannot well draw on them just now. I expect to be in Cleveland very soon on my way to New York, and will be able to settle with you. I require this amount for little washing bills &c. which are, you know, the most perplexing. Please send the amt. immediately in receipt of this.

Jane and Marion are well, also Etty’s family. I am very well, but had, as I supposed a slight touch of ague yesterday. I think today that it was only a false alarm. I have written two songs since I have been in Warren and have two under way, but do not feel inclined to send them off half made up. Much love to Jessie.

Your affec. bro


A309 To his brother, Henry, December 6, 1862 (1.0 folders)

My dear brother,

Send the money for the pictures to care of John J. Daly 419, Grand Street.

I received a nice letter from Willie Foster but have not yet answered him. When you write, tell me all the news you can think of. You must remember it is nearly three years since I was in Pittsburgh.

I am very well and have been working quite industriously, but pay, these times, especially in music, is very poor.

Your affec. bro.

S.C. Foster

A334 To George W. Birdseye, February 11, 1863 (1.0 folders)

Dear Sir

I will arrange Mr. Cooper’s melody when my hand gets well.

Very Respy Yours

S.C. Foster

A350 To J.B. Russell, January 28, 1857 (1.0 folders)
C916 From Firth Pond & Company, September 12, 1849

This copy is a photocopy; the original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

C917 To E.P. Christy, February 23, 1850 (A photostat of the letter is located at C999)

This copy is a photocopy. The original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

C997 To E.P. Christy, June 20, 1851 (Item is a photostat.)
C961 From Mrs. Esten Cooke to Stephen Foster, July 26, 1859
c999 To E.P. Christy, June 12, 1851 (Item is a photostat.)
C998 From Mrs. Esten Cooke to Stephen Foster, July 26, 1859
D001 From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, April 27, 1849 (Item is a typed copy. )

Cincinnati April 27, 1849

Dear Mit

You must be tired waiting for an answer to the many favors which I have received from you not the least welcome of which was that, introducing to my acquaintance Signor Biscaccianti and his accomplished lady. I called on Madame B. and was as much delighted by her conversation and agreeable manners as I was subsequently by her singing at her concerts. She spoke very affectionately of you and the ladies who accompanied you on the occasion of your visit to her as if you had been her own brother as well as mine. Her concerts were very well attended here, indeed such was her encouragement, notwithstanding the formidable opposition carried on at the theatre by Mr. Macready, that she expressed an intention to return after she should have made a visit to Louisville where she is now singing.

In writing to Gil Smith please say that I am very much grieved at having been the cause of so much trouble and humiliation to him on account of a miserable song, and tell him that if he has not already burned the copyright (and I certainly should have done) he may give it to Mess Firth & Pond any time that he may be in the neighborhood of No. 1 Franklin Square. If they will him 10$ 5$ or even 1$ for it, let him make a donation of the amt to the Orphans Asylum or any other charitable or praiseworthy institution. Mess F. & P have written to me for the song. ("Nelly Was a Lady" was the song here referred to.)

I did not read the articles which I marked in the Atlas but supposed them to be written in the usual style of the editor whom I consider the most powerful and talented writer in the West, therefore you must not blame me if he treated of Kamtchatka or Noatka sound, I merely desired that you should have a touch of his quality.

Tell Ma she need not trouble herself about the health of Cincinnati as our weather here is very healthy the cholera not having made its appearance. There is something about letter writing which so runs away with my hand that my ideas can find no interpreter I think I must study photography which will probably remove this blind bridle orthography, and give my brain a lighter harness to work in.

With love to all, Your affectionate brother Stephen