Joe Thompson a local farmer went to Gloucester market with two items to sell, his Newfoundland dog & his wife.

They had been married for three years.

I think his sales pitch should have been better, he told the market day crowd;

A Cotswold wife. Yesterday.

“She has been a born serpent, I took her for the good of my home, but she has become my tormenter”.

“A domestic curse. A nightly invasion & a daily devil”.

He then offered some advice;

“Avoid women as you would a mad dog, a roaring lion, a loaded pistol, cholera, Mount Etna & any other pestilent thing in nature”.

But he did add that she can read & milk cows!

Henry Mears, a gentleman from the city paid Joe 28 shillings for the dog & the wife.


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