Anecdotes of the manners and customs of London during the eighteenth century; 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, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810 - 443 pages
 

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Page 145 - I, ELIZABETH WILKINSON, of Clerkenwell, having had some words with Hannah Hyfield, and requiring satisfaction, do invite her to meet me on the stage, and box me for three guineas, each woman holding half a crown in each hand, and the first •woman that drops the money to lose the battle.
Page 368 - 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 vapour is exhaled, very pernicious, in my opinion, to the human body.
Page 101 - County arc full of prophane, irreverent, lewd, indecent and immoral expressions, and tend to the great displeasure of Almighty God and to the corruption of the auditory, both in their principles and their practices.
Page 368 - I thought you so ungracious as to use it in public assemblies ; and yet I see it grow so much in fashion, that methinks your children begin to play with broken pipes instead of corals, to make way for their teeth.
Page 264 - ... 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...
Page 331 - ... of the hat, the mode of the wearer's mind. There is the military cock, and the mercantile cock ; and while the beaux of St. James's wear their hats under their arms, the beaux of Moorfields Mall wear them diagonally over their left or right eye.
Page 120 - ... no person of what quality soever presume to go behind the scenes, or come upon the stage...
Page 368 - I have now no more to say but what refers to a few private notes, which I shall give...
Page 291 - To that mark, if Comedy directs not her aim, her arrows are shot in the air ; for by what touches no man, no man will be amended.
Page 158 - That bruises and wounds a man's spirit should touch With danger so little, with honour so much! Well, they both took a dram, and return'd to the battle, And with a fresh fury they made the swords rattle; While Sutt on...

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