Broadside, text in three columns, divided by line of various type ornaments; line of type ornaments above imprint. 1 vols. 4to (
Boston: Printed and sold in Milk Street, 1810. Broadside, text in three columns, divided by line of various type ornaments; line of type ornaments above imprint. 1 vols. 4to (10-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches). Marginal soiling, some losses. Old repairs (stitched and backed at top). Broadside, text in three columns, divided by line of various type ornaments; line of type ornaments above imprint. 1 vols. 4to (10-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches). 'Wed me, Sir, or I will fight you'. Broadside ballad, also known in Britain as The Berkshire Lady, the tale of a beautiful heiress, a Miss Frances Kendrick of Calcott Park, "who had a will and a way of her own, and was skilled in embroidery, the use of the small sword, and other accomplishments of the period" (Quarterly Review, vol. 106, pp. 231-3). Having refused many suitors, "at a noble wedding, Near the famous Town of Redding" she sees a young lawyer she fancies and sends a note summoning him to the duelling grove. He appears, "I am challenged by a Gallant, And behold to try my Talent: Who he is I cannot say, But I hope to shew him play."She replies, "It is I that did invite you; Wed me Sir, or I will fight you …"Ford cites only a single example at the Pennsylvania Historical Society, assigning a date before or circa 1800.Uncommon. Ford 3224 (PHS)
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