Downfall of Trade, The
DESCRIPTION: In 1793 "weaving went well." When war broke out, "our Trade it grew low." Weavers and spinners "their loyalty show" by joining the marines. "If weaving and spinning should totally stop" banks and trades will fail and "the whole Nation will instantly drop"
EARLIEST DATE: 1980 (Elbourne); c.1805 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(2016))
KEYWORDS: marines war commerce weaving hardtimes nonballad patriotic
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Roger Elbourne, Music and Tradition in Early Industrial Lancashire 1780-1840 (Totowa, 1980), pp. 78, 139-140, "The Weavers' Garland" or "The Downfal of Trade"
Bodleian, Harding B 25(2016), "The Weavers' Garland" or "The Downfal of Trade" ("You weavers of England I pray now attend"), R. and W. Dean and Co. (Manchester), c.1805
NOTES: The broadside tells "tradesmen of Bolton you need not to fear, The strength of Tom Paine, nor great [French general] Dumourier." But Dumourier deserted the French Republican Army in April 1793 [see, for example, Thomas Clio Rickman, Life of Thomas Paine (1819) at Positive Atheism site], the opening year of the broadside. - BS
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