See in text (Act The First)
No matter where one is in England, going to "town" means going to London.
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"Warm work, now and then, at elections, I suppose..."
See in text (Act The Second)
In rural areas, inns were centers of political discourse and election activities, so Marlow assumes that Hardcastle, being an innkeeper, has a lot of business during elections, which explains why he has such good punch to offer visitors.
"We only want a robbery to make a complete night on't..."
See in text (Act The Fifth)
The implication is that Crackskull Common is a notorious hangout for highway robbers.