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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. 2 0 Browse Search
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 1 1 Browse Search
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n to Medford, Mass., where it was used at the school for young ladies kept by Mrs. Susan Rawson, author of Charlotte Temple. The piano some time afterward was sent to Haverhill, N. H., where it was in use many years. Later it was taken to New Ipswich, N. H., where its real historic importance in connection with the firm of Chickering and Sons begins. Mr. Jonas Chickering, founder of the house, was in the last year of his apprenticeship, at the age of nineteen, with a cabinet-maker named John Gould, when this old instrument was brought to them to be tuned and repaired. The young apprentice, though he had never seen a piano, and, of course, was wholly unacquainted with its complicated structure, successfully undertook the task of restoring it to usefulness. The piano is five octaves, the keyboard extending two-thirds the length of the instrument. At a later date organ pipes and bellows were added to the piano and placed in the body of the instrument under the strings. There at