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[Note 056.1] "Curse the polis and bailiffs ever; For they are they, who drove me away" suggests that the hero had been a poacher. The line "I let down for siven years afore" may be significant in that any criminal with a sentence of 7 years of longer could be transported. After 1828, if three or more persons assembled for the purposes of poaching and if one of them carried an offensive weapon, they were liable to fourteen years' transportation [ref: Brown, Roly. http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/bbals_24.htm]

 

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