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John Marsh journals
mssHM 54457 (Volumes 1-37)  
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The thirty-seven-volume journal of the amateur English composer and musician John Marsh of Chichester, Sussex; in which he records the important events of his eventful life and of the life around him.
John Marsh (1752-1828) was born in Dorking, Surrey on May 31, 1752; educated at Greenwich Academy, he was destined for a career in law despite having an obvious interest and aptitude for music. In 1768 he was articled to a solicitor in Romsey; at the same time he began violin lessons and after becoming proficient, taught himself the cello, oboe, and organ as well as composing music. In 1774 Marsh married Elizabeth Catherine Brown (1756/7-1819) and they had five sons and one daughter of whom only Edward Garrard and Henry reached adulthood. After Marsh inherited a large family estate he left the legal profession and concentrated on his music, including playing, composing and managing subscription concerts in Salisbury, Canterbury and Chichester. John Marsh died after a short illness on October 31, 1828 .
37 volumes in three boxes
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