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Uncle Tom's Cabin
The first verse begins: 'I'm thinking of poor Uncle Tom, / So generous, kind, and brave; / The white man came when he was young, / And claim'd him as his slave.' A woodcut illustration has been included at the top of the sheet showing four scantily-clad figures in a clearing. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Verse 1: 'Noo, I'm a simple country chiel, / And I'm just cam tae the toon; / Because I am a stranger here, / Folk tak, me for a lood. / The folk, they a' glower after me, / The wanes a' laugh their full, / And tae ane anither ye wid here then say, / Oh look at Uncle Wull'. The song was originally performed by W.H. Lanegan, but no date for its composition is given. The broadside was published by William Shepherd at the Poet?s Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee. It is notable for more spelling and typographical errors than usual.
Verse 1 begins: 'See yon braw bit laddie comin' rinnin' down the street, / Weel happit frae the caul' blast, an' a' sae clean an' neat: / His bonnet cocket on his head, his shoon sae tight an' clean'. This sheet was published by John Barr of Glasgow. 'Unco' is used in various ways by the Scots language but this context is conveys a sense of extreme and unfamiliar change.
Verse 1: 'See yon braw bit laddie comin' rinnin' down the street, / Weel happit frae the caul' blast, an' a' sae clean an' neat: / His bonnet cocket on his head, his shoon sae tight an' clean - / There's an unco change com' o'er him now - the drunkard's raggit wean.' This song was written by John Barr of Glasgow. The sheet carries no publication details.
Unemployed Breakin' Stanes
Verse 1: 'A' ye wha hae riches an' plenty in store, / Do ye ne'er wance gi'e a bit thought on the poor? / While feestin' an' drinkin' does it enter yer brains / Ho' the poor devils live who are breakin' the stanes?' The ballad was written by John Wilson, B.S.G.
This report begins: 'A true and particular Account of a most unfortunate Duel which took place on Tuesday the 26th March, 1822, at Auchtertoul, in Fife, in consequence of a Song which appeared in one of the Glasgow Newspapers, when Sir Alex. Boswell of Auchinleck was desparately wounded, and is since dead.' It was published by John Muir of Glasgow. The report is not dated.
This ballad begins: 'In the city of Exeter there lived a Squire, / And he had a daughter most beautiful and fair, / And she lov'd a shepherd below her degree, / Which caused her ruin and sad misery.' It was published by James Lindsay of Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Unhappy Transport's Letter to his Father and Mother in Edinburgh
This broadside letter begins: 'Dear Parents, I embrace this opportunity of writing, hoping these lines will find you well. With respect to myself I have little to say: I have been most miserable in this unhappy land. I have suffered every degradation of life: insult upon insult have been heaped upon me; I have been obliged to associate with the most depraved of human beings, my master's men.' The letter was apparently written on the 4th of September 1831, from Jenk's Planation, Vandirman's, and is signed, 'Your unfortunate son, John Paterson'. Interestingly, a scribbled date of 1833 also appears on the sheet.
Up and Waur Them A', Johnnie
This ballad begins: ''Tis here and there, and every where, / We meet the lawyer clan, Johnnie'. The chorus reads: 'Up and waur them a', Johnnie, / Up and waur them a', / Up and save AULD REEKIE's pride, / And ding the man o' law!'
Up In A Balloon
This ballad begins: 'One night I went up in a balloon, / On a voyage of discovery - to visit the moon, / Where an old man lives, so some people say - / "Through cutting of sticks on a Sunday".'