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[pencil drawing top of page with pencil notation beneath] The town of Monrovia West-coast Africa as it appeared Dist three miles bearing E S E by compass V. G. Locke West coast Africa
By Sir Henry Houghton, Bart. (copied June 15 [illegible])
Gallant nation, foiled by numbers, Say not that your hopes have fled; Keep that glorious flag which slumbers, One day to avenge your dead, Keep it, widowed, sonless mothers, Keep it, sisters, mourning brothers, Furl it with an iron will; Furl it now, - but keep it still; Think not that its work is done. Keep it till your children take it, Once again to hail, and make it All their sires have bled & fought for, All their noble hearts have sought for, Bled and fought for all alone, All alone! aye shame the storey, Millions here deplore the stain, Shame alas: for England's glory, Freedom called & called in vain, Furl that banner, sadly, slowly, Treat it gently, for 'tis holy. Till that day - yes, furl it sadly, Then once more unfurl it gladly - Conquered Banner - keep it still!
England Oct 1865
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