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Christmas Comes but Once a Year

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A Christmas tale of John Brown's ghastly family (suburban snobs), Captain Bonaventure de Camp and his equally awful brood (a dubious crew), and poor Soavo Spohf, organist of St. Stiff the Martyr, gifted in musical ability but not blessed in looks or love.

No-one could call this a great work of literature, but it definitely raises a few chuckles and it also offers a fascinating glimpse into Christmas festivities and social mores in well-to-do households in the mid-19th century. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)

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[Transcriber's Note: Rows of closely spaced asterisks are in the original. Spelling and punctuation have been left unchanged, except as noted at the end of the file.]

[Illustration: JOHN BROWN ESQ. AS HE APPEARED EVERY EVE]

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR

Showing What

Mr. Brown Did, Thought, And Intended To Do, During That Festive Season.

Now First Edited From The Original MSS. (Mess).

With Notes and Illustrations

By LUKE LIMNER, Esq.

London: William Tegg and Co., 85, Queen Street, Cheapside. M.DCCC.L.

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JOHN BROWN, Esq. Citizen of London and Suburban Snob.

JOHN BROWN, Jun., Esq. "Fast Gent;" Son and Heir to the above "Brick!" I believe you, my boys, rather!

Master THOMAS BROWN. Apple of his Mother's eye "her Tommy wommy" "her dear boy" "her jewel of a pet."

Captain BONAVENTURE DE CAMP. Officer, late of the Hon. E. I. Co's. Service, but now at the service of any one.

LATIMER DE CAMP. Master of (He) Arts; Elder Son of the above, of Nobodynose College, Oxford... Continue reading book >>


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