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BY CHARLES KNIGHT.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

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"The old bees die, the young possess their hive."

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LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET, AND CHARING CROSS.

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

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The First Newspaper Stamp 1

Tbivia 6

Horace Walpole's World Of Fashion 35

Horace Walpole's World Of Letters 67

Fanny Burnet At Court - 9?

The Farmer's Kitchen HI

Windsor, As It Was Ho

Crabbe's Modern Antiques 138

The Leading Profession 168

Dear And Cheap 180

Suburban Milestones 209

An Episode Of Vathek 220

The Eton Montem 231

Items Of The Obsolete 240

Thk First Step Into Toe World 280

Saint John's Gate 288

The Tail Piece 310

ONCE UPON A TIME.

THE FIRST NEWSPAPER STAMP.

It is the evening of Monday, the 28th of July, in the year of 1712. Two middle-aged men come out of Will's Coffee-House, and slowly walk through the close lanes that lead to the heart of the City. The one has a brisk and alert step, with an air of frank hilarity in his face, which is somewhat lighted up in the evening sun by the magnum of generous claret which he has been sharing with his friend. The other moves a little unsteadily, with a hesitating step, which is not improved by the wine he has taken; but a placid smile plays on his features, and, in connection with the dignified repose of his whole manner, gives assurance of the gentleman. As they pass along they encounter a bevy of newsvendors, known as hawkers or Mercuries, who are bawling at the top of their lungs, "Here you have the last number of the Observator—the last number —no other number will ever be published, on account of the stamp." "Here you have the Flying Post, which will go on in spite of the stamp." "Here you have the Spectator, this day's Spectator, all writ by the greatest wits of the age." The more hilarious of Vol. n. • > B

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