The Words written by Judge Joseph Hopkinson, L.L.D. The Symphonies & Accompaniments Composed & Arranged by Francis H. Brown. Note by the Publisher "This song written in the summer of 1798, to oblige a young friend of the Author's, who was a singer at the theatre in Philadelphia. It was arranged by a member of the orchestra to the "President's March", which was the name of the original music. It has since been adopted, by common consent, as the National Anthem of America." ___This is the only authentic copy of the song extant, it being corrected by the Author in the year 1841.____Judge Hopkinson died on the 15th of January, 1842.