PAYNE, JOHN HOWARD. (1791-1852). American actor, poet and playwright most famous for his song Home! Sweet Home! AMsS. (“John Howard Payne”). 1p. 4to. Washington, August 6, 1850. A fair copy of the first two verses of Home! Sweet Home! (with slight variations to the printed text) inscribed “to my friend Miss Alice Stetson.” Accompanied by a steel engraving of Payne and an early American printing of the song.
“Home, Home! Sweet, Sweet Home!
‘Mid pleasures & palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like Home!
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there