1893 text

Simon Wadlow was the original of “old Sir Simon the king,” the favourite air of Squire Western in “Tom Jones.”

“Hang up all the poor hop-drinkers, Cries old Sim, the king of skinkers.”

Ben Jonson, Verses over the door into the Apollo.

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Phil   Link to this

L&M suggest his name is John. Wheatley thinks it is Simon.

Bill   Link to this

The Ashmolean Museum Catalogue mentions "Eight verses upon Simon Wadloe, Vintner, dwelling att ye sign of ye Devill and St. Dunstan."—Apollo et Cohors Museum, p. 54.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.

Bill   Link to this

The Simon Wadlow alluded to by Ben Jonson died March 30th, 1627. The Ashmolean Museum Catalogue mentions "Eight verses upon Simon Wadloe, Vintner, dwelling att ye sign of ye Devill and St. Dunstan," commencing "Apollo et cohors musarum." The Wadlow of Pepys was John, apparently the son of Simon. (See "Boyne's Trade Tokens," ed. Williamson, vol. i., 1889, p. 766.)
---Wheatley, 1899.

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