Punch,  45 (1863), 108, 111.

Farmer Punch's Harvest Home



Drama, Drollery


Agriculture, Disease

    Set in 'Punch's Model Farm' somewhere in the South of England, this drama describes how Mr Punch and fellow farmers celebrated 'a fine harvest'. One farmer remarks that 'There wunt be no famine 'cept the cotton famine up in the North. And that dwoan't titch we', but Mr Punch insists that 'it ought to touch us. With such a harvest as we've got, my buck, we must n't have any starving weavers'. This is a reference to the 'Cotton Famine' of Lancashire, in which weavers' livelihoods were severely threatened by the blockade of cotton exports by the Confederate states.

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