"Bristol fashion", 1803; antedates 1839 (s.v. "ship-shape") & 1840

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jan 20 04:00:39 UTC 2012

"My box of diamonds," says I to the girl, "this is neither
ship-shape, nor Bristol fashion."

John Davis, Travels of four years and a half in the United States of
America: during 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, and 1802.  London, Sold by T.
Ostell for R. Edwards, Printer, Bristol, [Eng.] 1803.  Page 427.  Google Books.

GBooks has additional quotations perhaps from 1827, 1832 (one being
Sir Walter Scott), through 1838.


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