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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...fire, and were talking over
the news of the day. A lively, hustling, arch fellow, whose pack
and oaken ell-wand, studded duly with brass points, denoted him to
be of Autolycus's profession, occupied a good deal of the
attention, and furnished much of the amusement, of the evening. The
pedlars of these days, it must be remembered, were men of far
greater importance than the degenerate and degraded hawkers of our
modern times. It was by means of these peripatetic venders that the
country-trade, in the finer manufactures used in female dress
particularly, was almost entirely carried on; and ifa merchant of
this description arrived at the dignity of travelling with a
packhorse, he was a person of no small consequence, and company for
the most substantial yeoman or Franklin whom he might meet in his
wanderings. The pedlar of whom we speak, bore accordingly, an
active and unrehuked share in the merriment to which the rafters of
the bonny Black Bear of Cumnor rcsounded.. He had his smile "mt
Pretty Mistress Cicely, his broad laugh with ml" 5o," and his jest
upon dashing Ma9ter speak strange matter," he added, eand there be
intelligencers every where." "I care not for them," said the
magnanimous Michael--"intelligencers, pshaw --I serve the noble
Earl ofLeicester Here comes the wine--Fill round, Master Skinker, a
carouse to the health of the flower of England, the noble Earl of
Leicester I say, the noble Earl of Leicester He that does me not
reason is a swine of Sussex, and I'll make him kneel to the pledge,
if I should cut his hams and smoke them for bacon." None disputed a
pledge given under such formidable penalties; and Michael Lambourne
whose drunken humour was not of course...
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