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ve originally been, with six legs and one pedal. Endorsed on its back was this legend:— First Piano-forte ever seen by Jonas Chickering, once the property of Princess Amelia, daughter of George III., now owned by Miss Ellen Day Hale, daughter of Dr. Edward Everett Hale, Feb., 1916. We began to think of the tomb of Columbus, and to wonder, What next? The next was, that we were also there furnished with the following, from the editorial page of the Boston Evening Transcript of August 30, 1867:— An Historical piano. We are indebted to a correspondent for the following account of an Organized Piano, being the first Pianoforte which the late Mr. Jonas Chickering ever saw, which is now in the possession of Mrs. Samuel Batchelder of Old Cambridge. This instrument is remarkable, aside from the circumstances above stated, as having belonged to the Princess Amelia, daughter of George III. She presented it to her Chaplain. George Odiorne of Boston married the Chaplain's