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What did Jefferson use as the "chime" for his Great Clock?





A. A gong from China
B. A bell made by slaves on Mulberry Row
C. A chime rod that is struck by a small hammer

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Asked by Evpstudy, Last updated: Jan 04, 2020

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Answered Aug 17, 2018

A gong from China

Jefferson first mentioned gongs in 1792, when he wrote Henry Remsen, asking if Remsen knew anyone going to China who could procure one that Jefferson could use as a bell for a clock. How Jefferson knew about gongs is a mystery. Remsen provides a hint when he says that Benjamin Franklin had had one, and also used it on a clock; one would expect that Jefferson had seen Franklins, given the closeness of their relationship, and their common interest in science and gadgets.
 

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