17.445 black sheep

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Date: Wed Dec 10 2003 - 05:26:21 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 445.
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             Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:15:29 +0000
             From: Stephen Clark <srlclark@liverpool.ac.uk>
             Subject: Fwd: Re: 17.433 baa baa black sheep?

    According to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, edds. Peter & Iona Opie
    (Clarendon Press: Oxford 1951), p.88 "In the wool trade the division of the
    bags is said to refer to the export tax on wool imposed in 1295". The first
    citation they give is to Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book in 1744.

    Stephen Clark
    Dept of Philosophy
    University of Liverpool

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