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Advertiser for July 3, and is a parody of Byng's despatch of May 25.
P. 209. A Rueful StOPy. From a broadside in the possession of the editor. Said to be printed ' at the sign of the Gibbet, near Execution Dock; and sold by all well-wishers to Old England.'
P. 210. Admiral Byng* and Brave West. Printed with
the tune in W. Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs, ii. 261, 1881. In the last line ' deen' apparently means ' done.'
P. 211'. Song" on the Isle Of Aix. From the Madden collection {Slipsongs, ii. 337, No. 1418). Verse 4 seems to refer to the old ballad on Henry V.'s conquest of France. ' Recruit me Cheshire and Lancashire, and Derby hills that are so free,' says that King (see, Hales and Furnivall, Bishop Percy's Folio M.S. ii. 597).
P. 212. Bold Sawyer. From a slipsong in the possession of the editor. Also in the British Museum (pressmark 11621. 1. 1 [190])- Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 13. In verse 1 Sawyer=James Sayer, captain of the Nassau. In verse 12, ' Maclome' is possibly a misprint for 'Mahon.' Goree was taken December 28, 1758.
P. 214. Captain Barton's Distress. From the Madden
collection {Slipsongs, i. 118). For the shipwreck, see Duncan, Mariner's Chronicle, iii. 118.
P. 216. Gilchrist and Hotham's Bravery. From the Madden collection (Slipsongs, i. 322, No. 680). ' And' is omitted in the title of the original. The action took place March 28, 1759 (Entick, iv. 299).
P. 217. Hawke's Engagement. Two copies of this are in the British Museum (pressmarks 11621. c. 3 [81] and 11621. c. 6 [29]). Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 14. The original gives the month as September instead of November. The engagement was on November 20, not November 15.
P. 218. Neptune's Resignation. Printed in Halli well's Early Naval Ballads, from a broadside, p. 131. Said to be written by J. Wignell.
P. 219. Hearts of Oak. It is agreed that this was first sung in the winter of 1759. The version printed here is from The Choice Spirits Chaplet, Whitehaven, 1771, p. 251, and is also to be found in The London Songster, 1773, p. 232. Tune in Chappell's Old English Popular Music, ii. 189. Chappell entitles it ' Heart of Oak,' and gives that phrase in the singular in the chorus also. The Choice Spirits Chaplet also gives it in the singular.
, P. 220. Thurot's Dream. Printed in T. Crofton Croker's Popular Songs Illustrative of the French Invasions of Ireland,
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