Mudcat Café message #4030612 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4030612
Posted By: Richard Mellish
27-Jan-20 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Pseudonymous said (among much else) "It seems to me that if the Coppers stood on equal social status terms with the gentry they would not have been received in the scullery, this being of course the part of a large gentry house where the servants got on with their work."

Of course the Coppers did not stand on equal social status terms with the gentry. No-one has suggested that they did, only that they did have regular dealings with them.

Pseudonymous also referred to "vehement assertions I have read to the effect that Child and all who came in his wake firmly believed that 'the folk' created beautiful songs which have been smoothed like pebbles in the sea". That was indeed what Sharp chose to believe, but how many other collectors or scholars have subscribed to that belief? Surely Child for one did not?