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Bank Holiday Bonus III – A printer’s warning

Monday, August 30th, 2010

It seems that not all jugglers can be trusted. In 1972 Robert Wood wrote a book entitled “The Victorian Provincial Printer and the Stage; an essay based on information gleaned from the papers left by John Procter and his son”. It has a section describing the letters that printers sent to each other to warn their colleagues about dodgy characters. Here’s one of them:

Letter from Wood, R (1972). The Victorian Provincial Printer and the Stage; an essay based on information gleaned from the papers left by John Procter and his son

From Wood (1972)

Middlesbrough
Dear Procter,

A person named Shaw, ‘recreative philosopher’ or ‘Juggler’, left this part six years ago, owing me 21/-. He is now in the neighbourhood and tells me a ‘cock and bull story’ about giving someone the money to pay me and that this somebody gave him a receipt, purporting to be mine, and he is going to prosecute the individual.

He promises to pay me this week, whether or no, so you had better look out for some tin should you do him any work.

Yours truly,

J. JORDISON