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Thread #62934 Message #3723712
Posted By: MGM·Lion
15-Jul-15 - 03:27 AM
Thread Name: Songs for white slaves?
Subject: RE: Songs for white slaves?
A hint of white slavery in C19 in The Tailor In The Teachest, set in days of the China tea-trade -- Cutty Sark & all that. Having discovered the adulterous tailor hiding in the teachest to evade his doxy's vengeful husband whom they thought safely away at sea, the shipmates "took him out to China, and they traded him for tea"; for, it appears, a considerable sumsworth of tea which "made a fine supply for the whole ship's company".