Dr William Plumer Jacobs in Charleston - 2 May, 1862

from Diary of William Plumer Jacobs, pages 93-4:

After some deliberation I resolved to see what has been called a living miracle, the greatest wonder of the world. This miracle is a little blind, grinning negro of eleven or twelve years of age, an idiot in reality and appearance and yet who has the most remarkable power over the piano. Tom, for that is his name, heard his young mistress playing on that instrument and having crept into the house through a window, startled the whole house by discoursing sweet music. Tom is a perfect idiot but his faculties of music and imitation have been wonderfully cultivated. It would be wonderful for a …   more >>

cite as

Dr William Plumer Jacobs, Diary of William Plumer Jacobs. In Thornwell Jacobs (ed.), Diary of William Plumer Jacobs, volume 138 (1937), p. 93-4. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447521350548 accessed: 23 July, 2024

location of experience: Charleston


Dr William Plumer Jacobs

Listening to

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The Anvil Chorus
written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Blind Tom Wiggins
written by Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Blind Tom Wiggins
Battle of Manassas
written by Blind Tom Wiggins
performed by Blind Tom Wiggins
Georgia Breakdown performed by Blind Tom Wiggins
Carnival of Venice performed by Blind Tom Wiggins

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 May, 1862
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:15:50 +0000
Approved on Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:16:45 +0000