X:1 T:Snuff Box M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:John Burks’ music manuscript copybook, dated 1821 N:”By W.M.” K:D A|d2 fd AFDc|d2 fd egfe|d2 fd AFDF|GEFD CE E2:| G|FDAD BDAD|FE/D/ FE/D/ CEEG|FDAF BDAD| FE/D/ FE/D/ A,DDG|FE/D/ FE/D/ CEEG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE FD D3||
SNUFF BOX. AKA and see "Bill Clancy's Delight," "Ladies' Delight," "Lady Elizabeth Percy's Reel," "Pretty Peggy (1)." Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The "Snuff Mill" melody appears in the music manuscript copybook of fiddler John Burks, dated 1821, attributed to “W.M.” (photocopy in ed. possession). Unfortunately, nothing is known of Burks or where he may have obtained his title for this tune. The reel has a Scottish provenance (see Robert Petrie's "Pretty Peggy (1)"), but also appears in O'Neill's collection (as "Bill Clancy's Delight" and in the Boston-published Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) as "Ladies' Delight." A close variant was entered into Book 2 of the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of Co. Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) under the title "Lady Elizabeth Percy's Reel."