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[F & I War ] Rogers Rangers and the Jew's harp

I am researching the export of Jew’s harp from the UK to the US as part of general research project into the history of the instrument here I the UK. Jew’s or jaw harp finds have been made at Fort Michilimackinac on the Canadian border in some quantity dating from the French and Indian War period, so I was intrigued to see that on page 127 in the chapter on Rogers Rangers in ‘Empire Collide', it states that ‘Rangers whiled away their spare time with simple pursuits, chewing tobacco, conversation over clay pipes, snuff, cards, singing or playing the fiddle or jew’s harp.’ It would be very useful to know the source of that comment, or any other that might refer to the instrument, particularly as it helps us understand more about it’s use and distribution.

Michael Wright

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