The Debtor's welcome to their Brother.Welcome, welcome, Brother debtor, To this poor but merry place; Where no Bailiff, Dun, or Settor, Dare to shew their frightful Face, But Kind Siz, as you're a Stranger Down your Garnish you must lay Or your coat will be in danger You must either strip or pay...What was it made Alexander Weep at his unfriend by fate 'Twas because he could not wander Beyond ye World's strong Brison-gate For ye World is also bounded By th' Heav'ns & Stars above Why should we then be confounded Since there's nothing free but jove.
Ink poem. 153 x 195mm. 6 x 7¾". Hole, foxed
Words by C. Coffey which relate to two references. One: the air in G Major played by the British bands the evening before their surrender at Yorktown in 1781; and two: the Rothwell Debtors' Prison song. The Debtors' Prison was established in Rothwell, Leeds, in the 17th-Century and was later converted into a workhouse. When debtors were first taken there, the Society of Debtors demanded that each newcomer pay a 'garnish' or fine of half-a-crown of forfeit his coat, the latter usually being the case.
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