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Stand J15

BLEWITT, Jonathan.

“When a Man’s a little bit poorly,” the celebrated comic Song as sung by Mr C. Taylor. The Words by T. Hudson … , London, Published by Clementi & Co … [c.1828].

4to (336 × 245 mm), pp. 4; title-page with six etched vignettes by Joseph Lisle; disbound.

Note
Apparently the first edition of a popular comic ballad by composer Jonathan Blewitt (1782–1853) which decries the efficacy of doctors:

‘When a Man’s a little bit poorly, he makes a fuss, wants a nurse, Thinks he’s going to die most surely, Sends for a doctor who makes him worse.’

The doctor of the song calls for a physician—just one of the ways in which this gives an interesting view of nineteenth-century medical practices—but at the close of the six verses the patient claims he has cured himself, with no help from the doctor, and would rather die in the ‘natural’ way than at the hands of a quack. Lisle’s vignettes, overseen by a gesticulating skeleton, depict the various stages of the man’s illness.

In his later career Blewitt wrote pantomimes, musical plays and light operas for most of the London theatres, and hundreds comic songs and ballads in the Irish style.

The Harmonicon announced the piece as ‘just published’ in July 1828.
£150