Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London During the Eighteenth Century: Including the Charities, Depravities, Dresses, and Amusements, of the Citizens of London, During that Period; with a Review of the State of Society in 1807; to which is Added, a Sketch of the Domestic Architecture and of the Various Improvements in the Metropolis; Illustrated by Forty-five Engravings, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810

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Page 135 - Serjeant, lately come from the frontiers of Portugal, master of the noble science of defence, hearing, in most places where I have been, of the great fame of Timothy Buck, of London, master of the said science, do invite him to meet me, and exercise at the several weapons following, viz. — " Back sword, Single falchion, " Sword and dagger, Case of falchions, " Sword and buckler, Quarter staff.
Page 368 - ... were invented. Is your climate so hot, that as you walk, you need umbrellas of tiles to intercept the sun ? Or, are your shambles so empty, that you are afraid to take in fresh air, lest it should sharpen your stomachs ? Oh, the goodly...
Page 243 - That if any Persons unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled together, to the disturbance of the Public Peace, shall unlawfully, and with force demolish or pull down...
Page 167 - Sutton's blade run away from its hilt ; The weapons were frighted, but as for the men In truth they ne'er minded, but at it again.
Page 369 - The commodity and trade of your river belongs to yourselves ; but give a stranger leave to share in the pleasure of it, which will hardly be in the prospect or freedom of air ; unless prospect, consisting of variety, be made up with here a palace, there a wood-yard, here a garden, there a brewhouse ; here dwells a lord, there a dyer, and between both duomo comune.
Page 376 - As to the floors, they are usually made of clay covered with rushes that grew in fens, which are so slightly removed now and then that the lower part remains sometimes for twenty years together, and in it a collection of spittle, vomit, urine of dogs and men, beer, scraps of fish, and other filthiness not to be named. Hence upon change of weather a vapor is exhaled very pernicious in my opinion to the human body.
Page 171 - We James and Elizabeth Stokes, of the City of Lon.don. having already gained an universal approbation bation by our agility of body, dextrous hands, and courageous hearts, need not preambidnte on this occasion, but rather choose to exercise the sword to their sorrow, and corroborate the general opinion of the town than to follow the custom of our repartee antagonists. This will be the last time of Mrs. Stokes' performing on the stage.
Page 302 - ... a blow. Your lordship's determination is not only of the greatest importance to me now, but must inevitably decide my fate for the future, as, after this defeat, it will be impossible for me to muster up courage enough to face Folly again.
Page 274 - ... Conway) ; a double man, half miller, half chimneysweeper (Sir R. Phillips) ; a Political Bedlamite, run mad for Wilkes and Liberty and No. 45 ; a figure of Adam in flesh-coloured silk, with an apron of fig-leaves ; a Druid (Sir WW Wynne) ; a figure of Somebody ; a figure of Nobody ; a running Footman, very richly dressed, with a cap set with diamonds, and the words "Tuesday Night's Club...