Category Archives: 1810s

The Waterloo Panorama

Source: Felix M’Donogh, ‘The Waterloo Panorama’, in The Hermit in London; or, Sketches of English Manners vol. 1 (London: H. Coulburn, 1819), pp. 159-167 Text: “I have just returned with my uncle, the General, from the Panorama of Waterloo,” said … Continue reading

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Ancient Mysteries Described

Source: William Hone, Ancient Mysteries Described, Especially the English Miracle Plays, Founded on Apocryphal New Testament Story, Extant Among the Unpublished Manuscripts in the British Museum etc. (London: William Hone, 1823), pp. 230-231 Text: The English puppet-show was formerly called … Continue reading

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Labour and the Poor

Source: Unnamed lanternist, interviewed in Henry Mayhew, ‘Labour and the Poor’, Letter XXXIX, Morning Chronicle, 28 February 1850 Text: A very ingenious and intelligent man to whom I was referred, as the best in his trade, gave me the following … Continue reading

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Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography

Source: Harriet Martineau (ed. Maria Weston Chapman), Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography vol. 1 (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1877), pp. 11-12 Text: Of all my many fancies, perhaps none was so terrible as a dream that I had at four years old. … Continue reading

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