Chicago: Root and Cady, Publishers, August, 1868. Single issue. 335 x 260 mm. (13 x 10 inches). 8 pp. folded and unopened, some light soiling to the paper, otherwise very good.
Rare musical newspaper published by Ebenezer Toner Root and Chauncy Marvin Cady, the leading music publisher's in Chicago before the fire in 1871. The Song Messenger was printed from 1864 to 1871 when the company went bankrupt after the losses caused by the fire.
In addition to advertisements for musical instruments, lessons, and scores, this issue contains an "Introductory Course for Congregational Singing" which include instructions for learning Psalm LXVII, "Let the People Praise Thee O God, Let all the People Praise Thee." Also included is the song Gathering Home, music by C. T. Lockwood and lyrics by H. M. Look. Lockwood was prolific song writer, producing scores of melodies and marches for Chicago publishers during the 1860 and early 1870’s.
This issue of The Song Messenger was printed in August, 1868 and according to OCLC in known in one copy at the Newberry Library, which also holds the April issue of the same year. Knox College in Illinois and the Library of Virginia also hold one issue from the year 1869. Lockwood's Gathering Home was also printed in Western Musical World: A Journal of Music, Art and Literature in 1868 by S. Brainard also of Chicago. One copy of this is located at the University of Michigan. (329). Item #329