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The ass reliev'd. a true tale. In which is contained some remarks and observations, on the office of a tide-waiter.

Author Duncan, William.
Title The ass reliev'd. a true tale. In which is contained some remarks and observations, on the office of a tide-waiter.
Imprint Greenock: William Johnston,
Date of Publication 1812
Language Scots
Notes This is an unrecorded Greenock chapbook by a local author, William Duncan. The verso of the title page notes that "The following tale is founded on fact, and happened in June, 1802, when the author was then but young in the service". 'The ass reliev'd' is in fact a mock-serious poem in Scots based on an incident involving an ass on board a ship during Duncan's time spent working as a tidesman or tide-waiter (a customs officer who goes on board a merchant ship to secure payment of the duties before a cargo can be unloaded). The second part of the poem 'Being remarks on the office of a tidewaiter' is a lament for the low pay and long hours involved in the job.
Shelfmark RB.s.2745
Acquired on 10/04/09
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