DESCRIPTION: Medicine Jack, "a jolly old quack," hopes to sell his pills, powders to be taken in vodka, and "very cheap" plasters for pains. "I am the man" for pulling teeth. "Since you will not buy my goods I'll go and sell elsewhere"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1884 (broadside, Bodleian Bod6599 Firth b.25(172)); 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: bragging lie promise commerce medicine humorous nonballad
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
John A. McLellan, "Medicine Jack" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Bodleian, Bod6599 Firth b.25(172), "Medicine Jack" ("Good people all both great and small"), H. Disley (London), 1860-1883; also Bod21930 2806 c.16(225), Firth c.26(116), Harding B 11(1675), "Medicine Jack"
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