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"I amused myself...contriving...a new musical instrument"

Date: 1763, Feb 26
From: BF (Philadelphia)
To: Cadwallader Colden
PBF: 10:205

Remarks in passing about inventing a 'new musical instrument':

Dear Sir:

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While in England, after my chief Business was over, I amus'd myself, with contriving and bringing to a considerable Degree of Perfection, a new musical Instrument, which has afforded me and my Friends a great deal of Pleasure; but the Description of it would make this Letter, already too long, much longer....