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Came across a thread on melodeon.net about a collection called "The Sussex Tunebook".  One item in it is this:

Code:
X:36
T:36 Polish Polka
C:Michael Turner's MS
I:abc2nwc
M:2/4
L:1/16
K:C
EFG2 A2G2|c2G2 e4|e2d2 f2B2|d2c2 c2 z2|EFG2 A2G2|c2G2 e4|e2d2 f2B2|d2c2 c2 z2:|
d2ed ^c2d2|g2B2 d4|d2ed c2A2|e2d2 d2 z2|d2ed ^c2d2|g2B2 d4|d2ed c2A2|A2G2 G2 z2:|
K:F
c2f2 A2c2|F2A2 C4|A2G2 B2E2|d2c2 c4|c2f2 A2c2|F2A2 C4|A2G2 B2E2|G2F2 F2 z2:|

which is pretty much what we know as "The Liberton Polka".  According to this article on Michael Turner...

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/turner.htm

...it dates from 1845, which is only a few years after polkas first arrived in Britain.

It would be nice to trace it back to a Polish source. (It doesn't seem very likely to me that whoever first wrote it down as "The Liberton Polka" would ever have heard of Michael Turner - more likely they both got it from the same place).