The old miser's daughter is courted by a sailor. When the miser finds out, he pays a captain to impress the boy. The girl fails to save the boy, but his ship is wrecked and he escapes to shore almost alone. He finds the girl; they are married.
There Was an Old Miser Partial text(s) *** A *** From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs of the Catskills, #48, pp. 188-189. From the singing of Walt Wermouth. There was an old miser in London did dwell, Had a comely fine daughter, a beautiful girl, And when this old miser was out of the way, She was courted by a sailor lad by night and by day. And when this old miser came this for to know, Down to a sea captain straight away he did go, Saying, "Captain, bold captain, I have good news to tell, I have a young sailor boy in transport to sell. (6 additional stanzas)
Although this song shows many similarities to Laws N6 (plus a slight similarity to "William and Harriet," Laws M7), Cazden et al consider the ending sufficiently different that they regard it as a separate ballad. Since the policy of this index is to split rather than lump, here it stands.
Roud, interestingly, lumps it with Laws N10, "The Silk Merchant's Daughter." - RBW
Chris Willett's version on Voice04 and Bodleian broadsides 2806 c.16(16) and Johnson Ballads 572 include the verses in the [Supplemental Tradition text, from Cazden et al] but omit the ending: no shipwreck or happy ending. - BS