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This poem is introduced by a bit of text that reads: 'A FUNNY CONVERSATION Between Cuddy WILLIE, the Pigman, and HAWKIE, the Speech Crier, Twa Celebrated and Well-known Characters in Edinburgh, on occasion of the Last All-Hallow Fair, held in the Vicinity of Auld Reekie.'
New Year's Day in Edinburgh, incorporating 'The Daft-days' by Robert Fergusson
This broadside begins: 'A Curious and Entertaining Account of the New Year's Day In Auld Reekie, shewing how Blythesome and Hearty the Public-House Wife's are, - what Droll Scenes passes between the Lads and Lassies in the Morning, when away First-Footing, and what Fun and Merriness they have dancing Tullochgorum when getting tipsey, - Also, Paddy O' Conner's Curious and Laughable Petition to be an Excisemen.'
The first verse reads: 'Ye envious Critics, try an' guess my name : / Thousands of times ye've seen an' heard the same : / Millions of times ye've given me offence, / But I must say, it's for the want of sense.' It was published by William Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh, and includes an elaborate illustration of a showman surrounded by interested onlookers.