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GUEST,jag New Book: Folk Song in England (2094* d) RE: New Book: Folk Song in England 10 Aug 18

Jim. Back in January, something I quoted something that Roud quotes from Charlotte Burne in the last part of the 19th century:

"One such song-maker, commonly called 'the Muxton carter' ... ... used to think the verses over in his mind when he was going with the horses... ... It was doubtless such unlettered poets as these who supplied the matter for the broadsides which emanated in great numbers from Waidson's press at Shrewsbury during the earlier years of the present century"

Laycock was an urban writer and Burne thought that the rural Muxon carter was supplying the broadside presses.

I don't know, but the Waidson of Waidson's press could just have been a small town tradesman putting food on his family's table by providing a service for which there was a demand just like the blacksmiths, coal merchants, publicans, tailers, tinkers and candlestick makers.

If you want to get into politico-economics the question would be whether or not the broadside printers were adding value commensurate with their income after expenses. You seem the regard them like 'rent seekers'. What is your evidence for that?

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