Violins

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-[[Thomas Jefferson]] owned a number of '''violins''' over his lifetime. However, it is unclear how many and what happened to them over the years after his [[Jefferson's Cause of Death|death]]. As Helen Cripe argues, Jefferson could have owned a smaller violin or kit that [[Nicholas Philip Trist]] received from Jefferson later on.<ref>Helen Cripe, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=675 Thomas Jefferson and Music] (Charlottesville:University Press of Virginia, 1974), 44, and Trist Memorandum. Found in [[Short Title List|Randall, ''Life'']], 1:131.</ref> Researchers can say he had three: a violin he bought from Dr. Pasteur in 1768, one he bought from Sir John Randolph in 1775, and a small violin noted in 1788. There is a family legend that Jefferson saved a violin from the Shadwell fire in 1770. If that violin is different from the Pasteur violin, then it might be four. +''No article yet exists on this topic. The following are primary source references to violins compiled by Monticello researchers.''
-After Jefferson's [[Jefferson's Cause of Death|death]], [[Joseph Coolidge]] sold two violins to London. The disposition of a single one of these instruments has never been documented and it is not known conclusively where any of them are located. +==Primary Source References<ref>Please note that this list should not be considered comprehensive.</ref>==
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'''1768 February 11.''' "Recd. of Charles Hudson for fiddlestrings, 7/6."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:70.</ref> '''1768 February 11.''' "Recd. of Charles Hudson for fiddlestrings, 7/6."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:70.</ref>

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No article yet exists on this topic. The following are primary source references to violins compiled by Monticello researchers.

Primary Source References[1]

1768 February 11. "Recd. of Charles Hudson for fiddlestrings, 7/6."[2]

1768 May 28. "Pd. Doctr. Pasteur for violin L5."[3]

1768 October 4. "Pd. at Hornsby's for fiddlestrings 3/."[4]

1768 October 13. "Pd. at Hornsby's for fiddlestrings 2/3."[5]

1769 August 10. "Pd. Richards for fiddlestrings 3/."[6]

1770 June 23. "Pd. Hornsby for fiddlestrings 1/3."[7]

1770 June 24. "Pd. for fiddlestring 7 1/2d."[8]

1770 October 8. "Pd. at Hornsby's for fiddlestring 1/10 1/2."[9]

1771 July 15. "Pd. at Printg. office for fiddle strings 3/1 1/2."[10]

1771 July 15. "Pd. at Hornsby's for do. 3/9.[11]

1775 July 28. "Pd. Hillegas for violin strings 21/3."[12]

1775 August 17. "Delivered to Carter Braxton an order on the Treasurer in favor of J. Randolph Atty. General for L13. the purchase money for his violin."[13]

1776 May 24. "Pd. Hillegas for fiddle strings 27/."[14]

1783 November 20. "Pd. for pocket book 12/6--mendg. violin 2/6."[15]

1784 November 30. "pd. for fiddle strings 7f4."</ref>Ibid, 1:569.</ref>

1788 August 15. "Pd. for a small violin 36#."[16]

1792 July 13. "Pd. for fiddle stings .97." [17]

1793 December 24. "Pd. for violin strings 2.06."[18]

1826 March 22. (Nicholas Philip Trist). "Mr. Jefferson said...At first I carried about with me that little instrument which I've given to [Meriwether] Lewis [Randolph]...I have two [violins] that would fetch in London any price-one a violin of Sir John Randolph's, the other a Cremona more than a hundred years old."[19]

Footnotes

  1. Please note that this list should not be considered comprehensive.
  2. MB, 1:70.
  3. Ibid, 1:77.
  4. Ibid, 1:82.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid, 1:147.
  7. Ibid, 1:205.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid, 1:209.
  10. Ibid, 1:257.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid, 1:403.
  13. Ibid, 1:405.
  14. Ibid, 1:419.
  15. Ibid, 539.
  16. This was a kit which Jefferson used for practice and later gave to a student at the University of Virginia. Ibid, 1:712.
  17. Ibid, 2:876.
  18. Ibid, 2:907.
  19. Trist Memorandum. Randall, Life, 1:131-132.

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