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Re: Scavengers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1602  Thursday, 23 September 1999.

[1]     From:   Alan Somerset <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Sep 1999 10:42:11 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Scavengers

[2]     From:   Ian Munro <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Sep 1999 11:12:12 -0600 (MDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1595 Q: Scavengers


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From:           Alan Somerset <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Sep 1999 10:42:11 -0400
Subject:        Re: Scavengers

The OED can tell you what a scavengeer did, which was to clean the
streets.

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From:           Ian Munro <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Sep 1999 11:12:12 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: 10.1595 Q: Scavengers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1595 Q: Scavengers

Tim Brookes wrote:

>I'm reading Stow's Survey, and with each ward he refers to its
>complement of scavengers. Can anyone tell me exactly who these
>characters were, and what their job was?

They were shit collectors; their job was to gather ordure from streets
and outhouses.  See Every Man in his Humour 2.1.135 for a dramatic
reference.

Ian Munro
 

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