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M. must have undergone in collecting such a variety of materials from such a number of volumes, pamphlets, and papers, as he must have perused (some of which are no longer accessible but to the curious) we are of opinion that he deserves great praise for his industry. As a body of information respecting the morals, the manners, the foibles, and follies of our ancestors, we think this work very useful; as a book of reference, still more so. As an amusement, therefore, to the idle, and an assistant to the industrious readers, we unequivocally recommend it to the publick.”

It may, perhaps, be said this praise is venal; on the contrary, I most solemnly declare I know neither my bitter Censors nor my Panegyrists. As some otheç Reviews have praised the work, I shall refer the reader to the Gentleman's Magazine, the Annual Review, &c. May 1809.

J, P. MALCOLM.

ANECDOTES

OF THE

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

OF

LONDON

DURING THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

CHAP. I.

STATE OF PARISH CHILDREN ANECDOTES OF VARI

OUS DESCRIPTIONS OF CHARITY EXERCISED IN

LONDON, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1700 AND 1800.

Tuere is something in the composition of the British atmosphere highly congenial to human and animal life: the clouded air and frequent humidity, and consequent coolness, prevent the violent perspirations the natives of finer climates experience; hence the fluids remain in full effect, and expand every part of the frame to its full proportion.

The habits and manner of living at various periods of our history had great influence on the exteriors of our ancestors: when men were forced into armies to repel invaders from Saxony and Denmark, the whole race of Englishmen became either hardened into almost supernatural exertion and strength, or were victims to those chronic

diseases

VOL. I.

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