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DEAREST MARY. AKA - "Dearest Mae." American, Song Tune. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The melody was composed for a song for the minstrel stage. The song was published in The Ethiopian Glee Book in 1848, and used for a quadrille tune in the Peter Beemer Manuscript from an 1860's Idaho mining camp.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Chaff (The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo), 1851; p. 9.