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Thread #147588   Message #3421844
Posted By: Jim McLean
18-Oct-12 - 05:24 AM
Thread Name: Republican or Conservative folk singers
Subject: RE: Republican or Conservative folk singers
Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, an opponent of the Scottish union with England in 1707, wrote 'I knew a very wise man that believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation, and we find that most of the ancient legislators thought that they could not reform the manners of a city without the help of a lyric, and sometimes of a dramatic poet'.