adjuration
an earnest, solemn appeal to someone, often made under oath
affidavit
a written statement made under oath in the presence of an authorised person
aphorism
a short, pithy saying or truism
appointments
fittings, furniture or equipment
asseveration
a solemn or emphatic statement
Bacchanalian
associated with boisterous heavy drinking
Barmecide
illusory or not living up to expectations (named after a character in the 'Arabian Nights' who supplied imaginary food)
beguile
amuse or entertain pleasantly
blunderbusses
short, wide-bored guns used at close range
carrion
the rotting flesh of dead animals
chased
embossed or engraved
cutlass
a short sword with a slightly curved, single-edged blade
drawer
a person who draws beer at an inn
eke
also
Harlequin
a comic character in the Commedia dell'Arte (a form of Italian theatre) or pantomime who traditionally wears a multicoloured, diamond-patterned costume
incredulity
unbelievable
inveteracy
persistence or obstinacy
jack-boots
sturdy leather boots often reaching over the knee
kennel
gutter
packet
a boat that carries passengers, mail or freight
pillory
a wooden structure with holes for the head and arms, in which people were imprisoned to be publicly ridiculed or assaulted
plane-tree
a large tree with spreading branches, flaking bark and ball-shaped fruit clusters
porringer
a small, shallow bowl, often with a handle
postilion
the person who rides the left-hand side horse that draws a coach or carriage
potentate
someone who wields power over others
provender
animal food, or humorous term for human food
proviso
condition, restriction, qualification
tergiversation
evasion, abandonment or betrayal
tinder-box
a small box containing dry, flammable material, and a flint and steel to create a spark
tumbril
two-wheeled cart, notably used to transport prisoners to their execution during the French Revolution
turnkeys
jailers or prison warders
unimpeachable
blameless; beyond reproach
viands
dishes of food
winding-sheet
sheet of fabric used to wrap a corpse for burial