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[Note 050.5] "I should like to have a song; what do you think of the storm." - The storm referred to is probably The Storm; or, the dangers of the Sea by George Alexander published c1770 The songs was printed as a broadside (Harding B 11(3670A)) and famously performed by the black street singer Joseph Johnson. The former sailor was known in London and the home counties as 'regular chaunter' of sea songs. He wore a large, detailed model of HMS Nelson on his head even though he had been "disabled" while serving in a merchantman. [ref: Wilson; decency and disorder]

 

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