John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 375

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All the overtures went off without a mishap, on both occasions but during the performance of some new waltzes arranged for our band - Crack  went my fist - I picked up the second instrument and went at it again - but the heat of the hall had put it out of tune  = fancy the fix - Improving it as much as one could as the piece went on and joining in - was all that could be done -  However we managed it very well and our Conductor was pleased to express himself as more than [word crossed out] satisfied with me for the manner in which my part had been rendered - and hoped that a 

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