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The song gives the date as 7th December but Hancock's report says that the coach was in Sackville street - where the song writer says he saw it - on 7th January. The song may be confusing the date of the railway opening - 17th December 1834 - with the first running of the Erin, only three weeks later. See [Note 099.4] The newspaper report of the Erin says that "The directors, very prudently, never gave any previous notice of their route, or the hour" so the broadside poet and his printer probably added the 4th verse in a hasty response to the surprise appearance of the steam coach.

 

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