Excerpt from The Early Life of John Howard Payne: With Contemporary Letters Heretofore Unpublished The perennial fame of John Howard Payne is primarily based upon his authorship of the words of that immortal song, Home, Sweet Home. Although ninety years have passed since it was first sung by Miss Maria Tree at the Covent Garden Theater, London, this song is today perhaps the most universally kwn and most popular ballad in the Eng lish language. While it is popularly supposed that, except for the writing of Home, Sweet Home, Payne accomplished little of moment, and while there is a general tendency to brand his life a failure, such a tion is wrong, and such a tendency unjust. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.