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Pw V 477
MS poem, entitled 'The Duel. A Ballad to the Tune of King John and the Abbot', by Samuel Wesley, the younger; n.d.
The text consists of fourteen quatrains and the refrain 'Derry Down'.
The name of the author does not appear on this text.
The title refers to the duel between Mr Poultney and Lord Hervey in 1731.
Title Of Work
First Line of Poem
I mean not sad Treason or scandal to sing
Last Line of Poem
For 'twould vex Friend and Foe should he die by the Sword
One folio folded once to form two quartos
Physical match: Pw V 469 (dimensions) & Pw V 474 (dimensions) & Pw V 475 (dimensions) & Pw V 476 (dimensions) & Pw V 478 (dimensions)
Countermark: Royal Cipher, crowned GR, approx. 30 x 20 mm
Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Top. Oxon. b 170, f 17v
Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad, pp 172-76
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Dates of existence
Hervey; John (1696-1743); Lord Hervey; son of 1st Earl of Bristol; Lord Privy Seal 1740-42
Wesley; Samuel (1691-1739); Mr; the younger
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