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NANCY TEAS. American, Minstral Song (2/4 time). The melody appears twice, in two different keys, in the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of Bellport, Long Island, ship's captain and fiddler Isaac Homan. His "Melodeon Set" is a set of quadrilles made entirely of minstrel tunes, of which "Nancy Teas" forms the second figure. Homan entered a number of minstrel song airs into his mid-19th century music manuscript collection, along with quadrille and cotillion sets, and misc. dance tunes. The set was attributed in the MS to "M, Titus" (clearly indicated with a comma, not a period); 'Titus' is a name that appears in several places in the MS, and refers to a neighbor and musician with who apparently Homan played regularly. Perhaps the 'M' refers to Homan himself. It seems likely that Homan and his musical friends may have put on minstrel shows in his community; certainly he and his friends played for community dances and were skilled amateur quadrille players.

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