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[p. 10] Amelia's, the following communication is self-explanatory:

Chickering & Sons, Div. American piano Company, Boston, Mass.

Boston, December 13, 1921.
my Dear Mr. Mann:—
At last I have heard from my ‘authorities’ with the result that the pretty little story about the Princess Amelia's Piano being in the possession of Miss Hale appears to be completely disproved. I am rather sorry for our part, but am pleased for your sake, for this simplifies your problems in connection with the Christopher Ganer Piano at the Conservatory.

I wrote to the man who had charge of the Historical Musical Exhibition, held in Horticultural Hall in 1902, under the auspices of Chickering & Sons, and all that he could tell me of the previous history of the Christopher Ganer Piano, supposed to have been the property of Princess Amelia, is contained in the little catalogue, copy of which you have.

I also communicated with another one of our former officials, and he, too, is of the opinion that the Piano of the Princess Amelia is either in the Conservatory or in the Art Museum, and feels quite sure that no credence should be placed in the statement made to me (and passed on to you) that Miss Hale had anything to do with the instrument in question. He did, however, say that we restored an antique Piano of foreign make for Miss Hale, but there was no connection between it and the Piano of the Princess.

In regard to the somewhat ambiguous statement in the Transcript article, copy of which you have, I am as much at sea as you, for we have nothing other than a copy of the article, exactly like the one which I gave to you. I am sorry that the information I am able to give you is so meagre, but I feel somewhat relieved to be in position to set you right on the question of Miss Hale's ownership of the Princess' Piano.

Wishing you success with your work, I am,

Very truly yours,

At the Centennial Celebration at New Ipswich (1850) the orator said:—

Thirty years ago, few ears had been delighted with the sound even of the tinkling pianos of that day. . . A great and happy change has been wrought in social life. And to whom is it owing?

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