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Name: Florence, William Jermyn (1831-1891)


Historical Note: William J. Florence was the stage name of Irish descended, New York raised Willim Jermyn Conlin, a stage actor, songwriter and playwright.  By 1850 Conlin/Florence was doing dialect impressions of Irishmen.  He married Malvina Pray, with whom he mostly performed in the future, she as a contrasting Yankee.  This song dates from his earlier dilact or "local-color" period.



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