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TYPED MANUSCRIPT LEAF SIGNED, The final paragraphs of "The Americanism of Washington", signed in full by the author HENRY VAN DYKE.
Circa, [1906]., [1906].. Good. - sc - Over 145 words typed on a 5-1/2 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet of creamy white paper. The number "-17-" is centered at the top of the page. The word "draft" is penned in blue crayon at top left of the page and there are a couple of correction marks in pencil, typed corrections, and two words corrected in ink by the author. Signed in full "Henry van Dyke" in black ink below the text with the annotation "-c-" denoting his copyright, beneath his signature. This typed signed manuscript leaf is mounted with glue along the left edge onto a sheet of 7 inch high by 5 inch wide watermarked paper which was once likely bound into a book. The manuscript leaf is soiled and folded vertically down the middle. There is a small hole to the top left corner and another tiny pin-like hole at right between the third and fourth line of type. The signature is strong and bold.

A substantial portion of the final paragraph of Henry Van Dyke's great patriotic work. " in our power lies, the fountain of our national life from political, commercial and social corruption ; to teach our sons and daughters, by precept and example, the honour of serving such a country as America.... For high in the firmament of human destiny are set the stars of faith in mankind, and unselfish courage, and loyalty to the ideal ; and while these shine the spirit and the hope of Washington and the men who stood with him shall never, never die."

Together with a secretarial letter, typed on his 6-7/8 inch high by 5 inch wide personal stationery with "H.v.D. / Avalon, / Princeton, N.J." embossed at the top. The letter, in which the author mentions sending a photograph and that he will soon forward a copy of the address which he will deliver on University Day, was "dictated Feb. 2, 1906" and signed "Henry van Dyke" by his secretary.

Henry Van Dyke's oration was first delivered on Washington's birthday in 1906 at the University of Pennsylvania. It was published soon thereafter.
      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]

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