John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 376
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I had made the beginning that I would go on.
Had I known I was coming out in this capacity I should most certainly have deemed poor Bowles' Violin as I find mine is very deficient in the first string for both orchestra and solo. Can it be secured if I go in for music again? If so at what price? A violin may do very well for amusing one self simply - but it may not do for public and it is very trying when the playing is affected by the instruments.
It is contemplated to start a Philharmonic here and if it is select and under the direction of a really good Conductor and you have the benefit
and of his instruction at practise and rehearsals. I shall be