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Author: John Ashton
Release Date: December 13, 2009 [eBook #30665]
Language: English
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Susannah and the elders
GOSSIP
IN THE FIRST DECADE OF
VICTORIA’S REIGN
By
John Ashton
author of
“Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne”
illustrated by reproductions from cartoons
and other drawings
london
HURST AND BLACKETT, LIMITED
13, Gt. Marlborough St., W.
1903
All rights reserved
Printed by Kelly’s Directories Ltd.
London and Kingston.
Decorative flower PREFACE.
I have written this Gossip not only for the edification of those to whom a portion, more or less, may be news, but for those
who, like myself, have lived through the whole of Queen Victoria’s reign, to whom the remembrance of things, almost
forgotten, may bring pleasure and excite interest. The items, herein displayed, have been gathered from many sources,
and their authenticity is guaranteed by giving the name ...
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The Project Gutenberg eBook, Gossip in the First
Decade of Victoria's
Reign, by John Ashton
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no
cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,
give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg
License included
with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
Title: Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign
Author: John Ashton
Release Date: December 13, 2009 [eBook #30665]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII)
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK
GOSSIP IN THE FIRST DECADE OF
VICTORIA'S REIGN***
Transcribed from the 1903 Hurst and Blackett edition
by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org
Susannah and the elders
GOSSIP
IN THE FIRST DECADE OF
VICTORIA’S REIGN
By
John Ashton
author of
“Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne”
illustrated by reproductions from cartoons
and other drawings
london
HURST AND BLACKETT, LIMITED
13, Gt. Marlborough St., W.
1903
All rights reserved
Printed by Kelly’s Directories Ltd.
London and Kingston.
Decorative flower
PREFACE.I have written this Gossip not only for the edification of
those to whom a portion, more or less, may be news,
but for those who, like myself, have lived through the
whole of Queen Victoria’s reign, to whom the
remembrance of things, almost forgotten, may bring
pleasure and excite interest. The items, herein
displayed, have been gathered from many sources,
and their authenticity is guaranteed by giving the name
of the authority whence they were taken, in very many
instances ipsissima verba, as paraphrasing would rob
them of their freshness and individuality. All the
illustrations are contemporaneous, and, good or bad,
belong to the text and should not be altered.
JOHN ASHTON.
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CONTENTS.
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CHAPTER I.
The Queen’s Accession—Proclamation—Funeral o
1
f the King—The Queen and Social Functions—Mr.
8
Montefiore—Amusing Letter—Electric Telegraph— 1
3
Knocker-wrenching: Amusements of the Young Ari
7
stocracy
CHAPTER II.Thames Tunnel Flooded—First Mention of the Nel
son Column—Sale of the King’s Stud—Marriage b
y Registrar—Commencement of New Houses of P 1

arliament—Lunatics and the Queen—The Queen’s 2
Visit to the Guildhall—Lord Beaconsfield’s Maiden
Speech
CHAPTER III.
1
Destruction of the Royal Exchange—Sale of the S
8 2
alvage—Spring-heeled Jack and his Pranks—Lord
3 3
John Russell’s Hat
8
CHAPTER IV.
Lords and Pugilists—“Penny Gaffs”—Steam betwe
en England and America—A Man-Woman—Desig 3

ns for Nelson’s Monument—A Termagant—Scold’ 4
s Bridles, &c.
CHAPTER V.
Thom, the Religious Fanatic—His Riots and Death 4

—Delusions of his Followers 5CHAPTER VI.
The Queen’s Coronation—The Carriages—The Fai
r and Festivities in Hyde Park—The Marquis of Wa
5
terford’s Drive: His Freaks at Melton Mowbray—St
3
eam Carriages—Dog Carriages—Grand Dinner at
Guildhall
CHAPTER VII.
Genesis of the “Charter”—London and North-West
ern Railway opened to Birmingham—Overland Ro 6

ute to India—A Bold Smuggler—Visitors to the Qu 5
een—“The Boy Jones”
CHAPTER VIII.
Death of Lord Norbury—Birth of Photography—Ex
1 perimental Street Pavements—Forecast of the Qu
8 een’s Marriage—Sad Story of Lady Flora Hastings 7
3 —Story of a Climbing Boy—Van Amburgh—Emba 7
9 nking the Thames—Victoria Park—Robbery of Gol
d Dust
CHAPTER IX.
Queen Elizabeth’s Statue—The Ladies of the Bed-chamber—The Queen hissed at Ascot Races—La 8

nd at Melbourne—Sunday Trading—New Way of 9
Paying Church Rates
CHAPTER X.
The Eglinton Tournament—Sale of Armour, &c.— 1
The Queen of Beauty and the Cook—Newspapers 0
and their Sales 0
CHAPTER XI.
The Chartists: Their going to Church—Dissolution
1
of the Convention—Approaching Marriage of the
1
Queen—The Queen and Lunatics—Raid on a Ga
1
ming House—Act of Penance
CHAPTER XII.
Commencement of Penny Post—Postage Stamps
1
—Prince Albert’s Allowance—The Times’ Commen 1
8
ts on the Marriage—Royal Wedding Cake—Louis 1
4
Napoleon’s Duel—Nelson Column—Noblemen’s S 8
0
ervants—Uproar at the Royal Italian Opera House
CHAPTER XIII.The Mulready Envelope—Plans of Royal Exchang
e decided on—Fire at York Minster—Queen shot 1
at by Oxford—Oxford in Bedlam—Scientific Agricu 3
lture—Electro Metallurgy—Embossed Envelopes 0
—Sale of Louis Napoleon’s Effects
CHAPTER XIV.
Lord Cardigan and the “Black Bottle” Case—Lord
1
Cardigan’s Duel with Lieut. Tuckett—Steam to Indi
4
a—Nelson Column—Mormonism—“The Boy Jone
2
s”—Napoleon’s Body transferred to France
CHAPTER XV.
Death of Scott, “the American Diver”—Prince Albe
rt’s Ducking—Monster Cheese—“The Boy Jones”
1
—“Tracts for the Times”—Tract XC.—Earl of Cardi 1
8
gan flogs a Soldier on Sunday—Dispute as to the 5
4
Discovery of the Electric Telegraph—Sale of Shak 2
1
spere Autograph—The Census—Astley’s Amphith
eatre Burnt—Behaviour of “Gentlemen”
CHAPTER XVI.
Story of an Irish Informer—Steam Cars—Sale of
Vauxhall Gardens—First Jewish Baronet—New Ra
1
ilway opened—High Tide—Fire at the Tower—Birt
6 6
h of Prince of Wales: His Patent as such—The Th
5
ames at length Tunnelled—Antiquities found in the
Royal Exchange
CHAPTER XVII.
Foundation of Royal Exchange laid—Medal conne
cted therewith—Father Mathew’s Miracle—Christe
1
ning of the Prince of Wales—King Edward VII.—H 1
8
ard Work of the King of Prussia—The Earthquake 7
4
in London—The Queen drinking “Grog”—Photogra 7
2
phy—Talbotype—Sale at Strawberry Hill—Present
s to the King of Prussia
CHAPTER XVIII.
The Royal “Bal Costumé”—The Queen shot at by
Francis and by Bean—Duke of Cambridge’s Star
1
—Chartism—Income Tax—Female Chartist Associ
8
ation—A Gipsy Trial—Closing of the Fleet Prison
7
—Married in a Sheet—Enormous Damages in a G
ambling Case
CHAPTER XIX.
1 Murder of Mr. Drummond—Rebecca and her Dau
1
8 ghters—Spread of the Movement through Wales
9
4 —Its End—Rebecca Dramatised—Rebecca in Lon
99
3 don
CHAPTER XX.
Gretna Green Parsons—Number of Marriages—C
hinese Indemnity—Thames Tunnel—The Aerial M 2
achine—Treasure Trove—Accident to Mr. Brunel 0
—Arkwright’s Will—Secession in the Scotch Churc 9
h—The “Gent”—Shakspere’s Autograph
CHAPTER XXI.
Exhibition of Cartoons—A Duel—Gambling—The “
Albert Hat”—Nelson’s Statue: Fun thereon—Soldie
2
r’s Savings Banks—A Post Boy and Lord Mayor’s
2
Show—M. Jullien and his Orchestra—Prince Alber
0
t as a Farmer—George IV.’s Statue—Ojibbeway I
ndians
CHAPTER XXII.
1
A Child for Sale—Trial, &c. of Daniel O’Connell—G 2
8
eneral Tom Thumb: His Visit to the Queen—The P 3
4
olka—How to dance it—“Jullien’s Grand Polka” 2
4
CHAPTER XXIII.

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