O. Jones, a journeyman wool-comber, who lived at the close of
the 18th century. Edward Capern, called “The rural Postman of Bideford”
(born 1819), and John Gay, author of the Beggar's Opera, etc.
(1688-1732), of Barnstaple (Devonshire).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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