Bristol Coachman, The
DESCRIPTION: A coachman is enticed home by a girl. Her husband catches him. The coachman proposes "if I have slept with your good wife, I'll let you sleep with mine." The husband demands forty or fifty pounds.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(109))
KEYWORDS: infidelity bargaining humorous husband rake
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 409, "Up at Piccadilly oh!" (2 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #238, p. 153, "(Up at Piccadilly oh!)"
Bodleian, Harding B 28(109), "Whip Away For Ever O" ("Come all you country lasses, come listen to my song"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 25(287), "The Bristol Coachman"
The Jolly Bristol Coachman
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