A Mayoral Problem

This is a snippet from the book The English Town by one of my favourite writers, Mark Girouard, a letter written by the Mayor elect of Bridgewater, Somerset in 1774:

“Sir,

I am creditably Informed by my friend Mr Cox that you are the author of That there epigram That was hung up against the HIgh Cross the other night If you are so you are an impudent raskel and Dirty Scoundrel besides you Have called my son in law Mr Charles Anderton the mayor capon which is a lye as my dafter says he is No more a capon than yourself… you had better Mind your own business and not abuse your betters.”

I’m sure that sorted it out!

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