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Manuscript on Paper, New England, Tunes and Songs with Music, c. 1785.
Oblong small-format manuscript on laid paper, ownership inscriptions of James Hawes of Westborough, Massachusetts on both inner paste downs, dated 1785; the manuscript consisting of approximately forty-seven leaves, with an index of song titles at the beginning, likely incomplete; in contemporary full sheepskin over scabbard, stab sewn with leather thongs, now perished, both boards detached, in need of rebacking, 7 1/2 x 4 in.
The owner may have been Dr. James Hawes (1739-1821) who served in the Massachusetts State House in 1777-1778. Songs in this collection include hymns and a number of secular songs with lyrics.
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