Celebrated Violins and Their Owners, Eugene Polonaski, The Violin Times, March, 1897, London
"Mr. Willett L. Adye, of Merly House, Dorsetshire, a well-known amateur, has a remarkably fine violin by this maker, of which the history is somewhat interesting : It belonged to Mr. Mawkes, formerly distinguished as an excellent performer, who left the profession to enter the Church, and was ordained many years since. He bought it in 1831, at Spohr's recommendation, from Professor Hoffmann, of Frankfort, when he was studying under the former celebrated musician at Hesse Cassel. Hoffmann bought it at the time Kode was at Frankfort, it having been a facsimile of an instrument by the same maker, played on by him. Spohr told Mr. Mawkes, if he could purchase it, he would have one of the finest instruments in the world; and he would have given his famous Stradiuarius in exchange for it. Mr. Mawkes refused several offers for it, and, having been the possessor of it for about thirty years, disposed of it to Mr. Adye."
The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played On With the Bow From the Remotest Times to the Present, William Sandys and Simon Andrew Forster, The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played On With the Bow From the Remotest Times to the Present, London