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Taconicus Peggy Gordon: where is Ingo? (105* d) RE: Peggy Gordon: where is Ingo? 25 Oct 12


The earliest known published version of Peggy Gordon was a broadside printed in New York City, circa 1823, by a printing company that published lyrics of a number of popular tunes of the time.

I obtained the manuscript from the New York Historical Society, who dated its probable publication based on the known history of the publishing company and when it was located at the address printed on the broadside.

In that document, the lyrics of the two verses that begin "I wish I was in ____" gives a place name that is slightly illegible (see photo which may be viewed at this link) but seems to be Caropage, and another which is Covel's Castle. I've been unable to find a gazetteer that could identify either of those putative place names.

Accordingly, one might suppose the Indo/Ingo lyric could be a later addition to the song. Alternatively, these published lyrics could be could be of a different version, perhaps a "drinking song" version. However, it is interesting to note that this publication significantly predates any other suggested origin date for Peggy Gordon.


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