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nd the Tufts residence. Mrs. Rowson's biographer (Rev. Elias Nason) states Mrs. Rowson introduced a piano into her schoolroom in the spring of 1799, and young ladies from different parts of the country availed themselves of the opportunity of learning to play this instrument that had taken the place of the spinet and harpsichord. Mr. Nason, however, tells nothing of its history. Our interest in it was aroused by the following, very recently published (History of Haverhill, N. H., W. F. Whitcher, p. 378);— First piano. The first piano in Haverhill was owned by Gen. John Montgomery and was brought to Haverhill some time prior to 1820. This instrument had an interesting history. It was made in London by Christopher Gaverand and had been the property of Princess Amelia, daughter of George III. She gave it to a chaplain of the royal family, whose daughter married an American by the name of Odionne. They brought it to Boston, later it was taken to Medford and used in a sch