The Mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger.

That is, in order to keep them as far off as possible from his nose. Northampton being an inland county, near the center [sic] of the kingdom, at least eighty miles from the sea, the oysters formerly brought thither were generally stale; but, since the improvement of turnpike-roads, and the introduction of the present expeditious method of travelling, his Worship, the Mayor of Northampton, may open oysters with as little offence to his nose, as his brother of Dover, ot the Mayor of any other sea-port.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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