The True History of the Life and Sudden Death of Old John Overs, The Rich Ferry-Man of London, shewing How he lost his Life by his own Covetousness.And of His Daughter Mary, Who caused the Church of St. Mary Overs in Southwark to be built; and of the Building of London Bridge.
8vo., pp. 30, disbound, + extract, "The Life of John Overs and his Daughter...", 4pp., plus a theatre bill, "John Overy, the Miser of the Southwark Ferry!", dated 1829, all mounted on album paper.
According to legend, John Overs ran a ferry east of London Bridge. Despite making plenty of money he was loth to spend it. He even pretended to die, expecting his household to fast in mourning, thus saving him the cost of feeding them for 24 hours. However his abused servants were glad to see the end of him, broke into the pantry and had a party. Overs jumped from his 'deathbed' to complain, scared the life out of his servants who mistook him for a ghost, and got brained with an oar. His daughter Mary, distraught at her fatherís death, sent a message to her lover to come to comfort her. Such was his excitement at sharing the large inheritance that he rode his horse too quickly, was thrown off and died as well. Believing herself cursed, Mary joined a a convent, using the ferry fortune to build a church, called St. Mary Overies, where Mary is buried.
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