|Doctor Syntax Overboard|
In my Endnotes to Dukes Prefer Blondes, I quote from John Bee’s A Living Picture of London, 1828, which is well worth exploring.
To begin with, there’s the full title:
A LIVING PICTURE OF LONDON FOR 1828
THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE METROPOLIS;
SHEWING THE FRAUDS, THE ARTS, THE SNARES AND WILES OF ALL
DESCRIPTIONS OF ROGUES, THAT EVERY
SUITABLE ADMONITIONS, PRECAUTIONS, AND ADVICE HOW TO
AVOID OR DEFEAT THEIR ATTEMPTS;
SKETCHES OF COCKNEY MANNERS, LIFE, SOCIETY,
And supported throughout by numerous
CASES, ANECDOTES, AND PERSONAL ADVENTURES.
By JON BEE, Esq.
AUTHOR OF A DICTIONARY OF THE VARIETIES OF LIFE, &c.
To which is appended, the Author's former
“HINTS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE POLICE;”
WITH FURTHER SUGGESTIONS, FACTS, AND REMEDIES.
The short excerpt below, from the chapter about what to expect when you get off the boat, is a fine example. You can find the “regulated fares of watermen” here.
Jon Bee, A Living Picture of London, for 1828, and Stranger's Guide.
Image, possibly by Robert Cruikshank, from Doctor Syntax Through London, “Doctor Syntax Shoots London Bridge & Pops Overboard.”
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