Voices from the 18th Century: George Miller Announces His Retirement



On May 19, 1791, George Miller, one of the earliest clarinet makers in England, announced his retirement in the World. However, he wasn’t just getting out of the profession, but handing over his business to apprentice John Cramer who, in turn, would support Miller with the continued earnings of a well-established shop.

To the NOBILITY and GENTRY, my PATRONS, in particular, and the PUBLIC in general. I Beg leave most respectfully to inform them, that I have, from my great age and infirmities, thought proper to appoint Mr. JOHN CRAMER to carry on my business of a MUSICAL INSTRUMENT-MAKER and TURNER, at No. 3, Dacre-street, Broadway, Westminster, he being a person duly qualified for that purpose, having been taught such business under my particular inspection; and I most humbly solicit for him the future favours of my kind friends and patrons. I beg leave also to assure them, that no other person whatever is authorised by me to carry on the said trade; and to caution them against anyone who hath, or hereafter may, assume my name. It is also necessary for me to observe, that my future support is derived entirely from Mr. CRAMER. I have the honour to be, With the greatest deference and respect, Their most obedient humble servant, GEORGE MILLER. No. 3, Dacre-street, Westminster.

(Examples of original 18th-century clarinets: Milhouse – C, Muraeus – Bb, and [George] Miller – A.)

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