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SHUTER'S HUMOUR. AKA – “Shutter’s Humours.” English, Reel and Country Dance (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. See note for "Shutter's Hornpipe" for information on Shuter. The melody appears in Charles and Samuel Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 1 (London, 1757, 128), John Johnson’s Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances vol. 8, London, c. 1758), and William Vickers’ Northumbrian manuscript collection (1770). It also appears in the American music manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr. Livingston purchased the estate of Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1771 at the age of 23. In 1775 he was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment, which participated in Montgomery’s invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Québec from British control. An important land-owner in the Hudson Valley, and a member of the powerful Livingston family, Henry was also a surveyor and real estate speculator, an illustrator and map-maker, and a Justice of the Peace for Dutchess County. He was also a poet and musician, and presumably a dancer, as he was elected a Manager for the New York Assembly’s dancing season of 1774-1775, along with his 3rd cousin, John Jay, later U.S. Chief Justice of Governor of New York.