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Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign   By: (1834-1911)

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VICTORIA'S REIGN

Transcribed from the 1903 Hurst and Blackett edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

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GOSSIP IN THE FIRST DECADE OF VICTORIA’S REIGN

By John Ashton AUTHOR OF “ Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne ”

ILLUSTRATED BY REPRODUCTIONS FROM CARTOONS AND OTHER DRAWINGS

LONDON HURST AND BLACKETT, LIMITED 13, Gt. Marlborough St., W. 1903

All rights reserved

PRINTED BY KELLY’S DIRECTORIES LTD. LONDON AND KINGSTON.

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PREFACE.

I have written this Gossip not only for the edification of those to whom a portion, more or less, may be news, but for those who, like myself, have lived through the whole of Queen Victoria’s reign, to whom the remembrance of things, almost forgotten, may bring pleasure and excite interest. The items, herein displayed, have been gathered from many sources, and their authenticity is guaranteed by giving the name of the authority whence they were taken, in very many instances ipsissima verba , as paraphrasing would rob them of their freshness and individuality. All the illustrations are contemporaneous, and, good or bad, belong to the text and should not be altered.

JOHN ASHTON.

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CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I. 1837 The Queen’s Accession—Proclamation—Funeral of the 1 King—The Queen and Social Functions—Mr. Montefiore—Amusing Letter—Electric Telegraph—Knocker wrenching: Amusements of the Young Aristocracy CHAPTER II. Thames Tunnel Flooded—First Mention of the Nelson 12 Column—Sale of the King’s Stud—Marriage by Registrar—Commencement of New Houses of Parliament—Lunatics and the Queen—The Queen’s Visit to the Guildhall—Lord Beaconsfield’s Maiden Speech CHAPTER III. 1838 Destruction of the Royal Exchange—Sale of the 23 Salvage—Spring heeled Jack and his Pranks—Lord John Russell’s Hat CHAPTER IV. Lords and Pugilists—“Penny Gaffs”—Steam between 34 England and America—A Man Woman—Designs for Nelson’s Monument—A Termagant—Scold’s Bridles, &c. CHAPTER V. Thom, the Religious Fanatic—His Riots and 45 Death—Delusions of his Followers CHAPTER VI. The Queen’s Coronation—The Carriages—The Fair and 53 Festivities in Hyde Park—The Marquis of Waterford’s Drive: His Freaks at Melton Mowbray—Steam Carriages—Dog Carriages—Grand Dinner at Guildhall CHAPTER VII. Genesis of the “Charter”—London and North Western 65 Railway opened to Birmingham—Overland Route to India—A Bold Smuggler—Visitors to the Queen—“The Boy Jones” CHAPTER VIII. 1839 Death of Lord Norbury—Birth of 77 Photography—Experimental Street Pavements—Forecast of the Queen’s Marriage—Sad Story of Lady Flora Hastings—Story of a Climbing Boy—Van Amburgh—Embanking the Thames—Victoria Park—Robbery of Gold Dust CHAPTER IX... Continue reading book >>




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