In Pierce Egan’s and others’ work, the watchman is often a target for ridicule and abuse by so-called Gentlemen.
These days, a great many readers might not find the illustrated scene so hilarious. Neither did the author of the piece below, in the waning days of the watchman (the Metropolitan Police appear in 1829). The watchman’s situation has obvious parallels today, which is why I’ve posted the whole thing, though it’s a longer read than I usually foist on you.
The Gentleman's Pocket Magazine 1827
As always, please click on illustrations to enlarge.