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Complete Explanation:
An illustrated sheet music cover, for a march celebrating the election of Silas Wright as governor of New York. Wright, a popular and influential Democrat and Van Buren ally, was elected in November 1844. The march is dedicated to the new governor by its composer Oliver J. Shaw.

The cover is adorned with an elaborately drawn arms of the state of New York. A shield shows the rising sun over a landscape with canal barges; below is the state motto "Excelsior." The shield is flanked by two classical figures: Justice (left) with scales and sword, and Hope holding an anchor and a scythe symbolizing agriculture. Above is an eagle holding arrows, olive branches, and a streamer reading "E Pluribus Unum" and below are olive and oak branches.

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