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Here and There in London   By: (1820-1898)

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HERE AND THERE IN LONDON.

BY J. EWING RITCHIE, AUTHOR OF “THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON,” “THE LONDON PULPIT,” ETC.

“Then I saw in my dream, that, when they were got out of the wilderness, they presently saw a town before them, and the name of that town is Vanity; and at the town there is a fair kept, called Vanity Fair.”

BUNYAN.

LONDON: W. TWEEDIE, 337, STRAND.

1859.

LONDON: PRINTER AND GALPIN, BELLE SAUVAGE PRINTING WORKS, LUDGATE HILL, E.C.

TO

HENRY AYSCOUGH THOMPSON, ESQ.

THIS WORK,

As a trifling Testimonial of Esteem,

IS DEDICATED,

BY HIS FRIEND,

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

PAGE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, FROM THE STRANGERS’ GALLERY 1 A NIGHT WITH THE LORDS 25 THE REPORTERS’ GALLERY 43 THE LOBBY OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS DURING THE SESSION 64 OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT 70 A SUNDAY AT THE OBELISK 78 EXETER HALL 84 THE DERBY 95 VAUXHALL GARDENS 104 THE PENNY GAFF 111 RAG FAIR 117 THE COMMERCIAL ROAD AND THE COAL WHIPPERS 124 THE STOCK EXCHANGE 135 THE LONDON HOSPITAL 145 PORTLAND PLACE 155 MARK LANE 166 PREACHING AT ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL 175 AN OMNIBUS YARD 187 THE NEW CATTLE MARKET 200 THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE 207 PATERNOSTER ROW 218

THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, FROM THE STRANGERS’ GALLERY.

Not far from Westminster Abbey, as most of our readers know well, stands the gorgeous pile which Mr. Barry has designed, and for which, in a pecuniary sense, a patient public has been rather handsomely bled. Few are there who have looked at that pile from the Bridge—or from the numerous steamers which throng the river—or loitered round it on a summer’s eve, without feeling some little reverence for the spot haunted by noble memories and heroic shades—where to this day congregate the talent, the wealth, the learning, the wisdom of the land. It is true, there are men—and that amiable cynic, Mr. Henry Drummond, is one of them—who maintain that the House of Commons is utterly corrupt—that there is not a man in that House but has his price; but we instinctively feel that such a general charge is false—that no institution could exist steeped in the demoralisation Mr. Drummond supposes—that his statement is rather one of those ingenious paradoxes in which eccentric men delight, than a sober exposition of the real truth... Continue reading book >>




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