The reluctant father: An c18th joke

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‘A girl big with child had two gallants, one with a wooden leg; the question was put, which, he who had the wooden leg, offered to decide it thus: “If the child (says he) comes into the world with a wooden leg, it is mine, if not it must be yours.”‘


– from ‘The Banquet of Wit’ (c 1790)

Image: detail from ‘Piety in pattens, or, Timbertoe on tiptoe’ (1773)

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