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1830 - Interlocutor - Reminiscient

Date 1830
Author Interlocutor
Title The Reminiscient.—Chap. I. Prose Etchings of the Late Mr. Sam Scott
Mentions Robin Hood and Little John (Hoxton)
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-05.


Like Morland, [the painter Samuel] Scott was improvident and wayward, following the momentary impulse of fancy, and the only reflections he used, were in his professional studies; his foibles relaxed often into an injurious tendency, and he [p. 90:] generally suffered in pocket and health by their influences. But, Sir, I am going out of the path; you wish me to be less digressive and more anecdotal. I will endeavour to be so. I observe that he was not exempted from difficulties. A little difference required adjusting with him and a publican then living at the Robin Hood, Hoxton Old Town. The result was the issuing of a writ for payment. The officer, as most fellows are in this calling, being blunt and pertinacious, he entered our little dwelling, looking pleasantly over towards the Rosemary Branch, famous for company, water-sport and Devonshire cider, and finding Scott at work, told him his business, and said, 'If you can't pay me my demand, Sir, I must remain with you and take Scott and Lot, or the like.'—'Not so,' replied my husband warmly, 'nay, Mr. Bailiff, if you want Scott, I am your humble servant for a sponge; but, as for Lot, why you may go nxt door, where' (his neighbour kept a shop, and was named Launcelot Salter,) 'you may see his wife turned into a pillar of salt.'—'Ay, ay,' rejoined the unsuspicious Bailiff, 'a pillar of salt, eh?'—'Verily so,' added my husband, shutting the door, and chuckling most affectedly with me at the indicent. He applied, however, to a friend for assostance, and the needful settled all dispute without further parley.[1]

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