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X:1 T:San Martin M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:John Burks’ music manuscript copybook, dated 1821 K:G D|GdB GdB|G2G GFG|Adc Adc|Bcd G2G| gGg fGf|eGe dGd|ced cBA|G3 G2|| G|A2A ABc|Bcd GdB|A2A ABc|BcA G2B| A2A ABc|Bcd Ggf|efg ^cde|d3 def| g2g {g}fef|gab def|g2g {g}fef|g2z e2d| c2A d2c|B2G gfg|e2e {g}fef|(g3 g2)||

SAN MARTIN. English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody appears in the music manuscript copybook of fiddler John Burks, dated 1821. The tune itself bears the date 1822 on the ms. page. Unfortunately, nothing is known of Burks, although he may have been from the north of England. Perhaps the title refers to José de San Martín (1778-1850), the national hero of Argentina, who met with fellow South American liberator Simón Bolívar at Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 22, 1822, and subsequently resigned his command.

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