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NEW JERSEY. AKA - "New Jersey Cotillion." American, County Dance Tune or Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The melody appears in John Carr's American publication First Book of Cotillions (1801) as well as numerous other country dance and tune publications and musicians' manuscript collections of the last decade of the 18th century and the first years of the 19th century in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. The manuscript copybook of fiddler/violinist Pierre Landrin Duport (compiled over 50 years) contains the tune with the intriguing title "New Jersey Compose In New Jersey 1790, Variations Below No. 8". It also is contained in the Woburn (Mass.) Fife Manuscript, a ms. collection inscribed with the the name Seth Johnson and "Woburn. April 20th day, 1807. I Bought this Book, 5:3." Entries were made between 1807 and as late as 1840.
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: Maggie's Music MMCD216, Hesperus - "Early American Roots" (1997).