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Meadows; Mr. Ebenezer Landells, pupil of Bewick; NOTES :-Origin of : Punch, 401– Dictionary of National Mr. George Smith, editor of the John Bull; Mr. mains in the Caucasus, 401–O'Connell and Romo Kenil- Frederick Tomlins,
of the firm of Whitaker, Avo worth'– Daffy's Elixir, 405–Domboy and ,Soni Indexes Maria Lane ; Mr. Charles Tomkyns, scene-painter, -Spanish Words—" To scrape acquaintance"-Epitaphs in Trin. Coll., Dublin-"To maid "-Thos. Chatton, 406.
Drury Lane; Mr. Joseph Allan, landscape painter,
Leicester Square - these are the names of the QUERIES:-Polldavy-Wren-Freeholders' Seals of Arms.
Author Wanted Gray-Correspondence of Lady Temple men who were associated with Mr. Henry May-Game of the Goose – Cradle of the Tide -Four-leaved responsible for the conception and birth of that Erasmus Earle, M.P., 407-St. Cathbert-Florio and Bacon hew, who was the real father of Punch, and is Herodotus-Younger, 408-Defoe's Consolidator –Barton, remarkable person, and they may be described as
the godfathers who assisted at his baptism. They REPLIES :-- Harpings of Lena,' 409–- Pictish Language, 411 did promise and vow to collect all the stray jokes - Lord Coningsby-Waterloo - Anthony à Wood Kale- and lost Joe Millers in their power.
Celibacy of the Clergy, 412-Presbyterianism under the Commonwealth-Great Bell of St. Paul's
The bantling was by some of the godfathers -Darcy – Beckford's · Vathek' --Duggleby, 413– Dal tuo looked upon as a weakling, and thought to be short stellato soglio"-John Elwes-Miss Mellon-Tooth-brushes lived. One of them even made a joke upon it, and Winter of Haddington-st. Seine-Delaval Papers, 415– said that endeavouring to furnish London with Thomas Otway - swing, - Wordsworth's Ode on Immor- jokes was like feeding an elephant with tarts, and
tality, 416–Wordsworth and Shelley Clans, 417.-John that both would soon perish for want of nourish11 Fennell — 'Macbeth,' 418 "Hark the herald angels". “ Arrant Scot," 419.
ment. This, however, was not the case, for Mr.
Punch is still alive, and likely to live. It may be NOTES ON BOOKS: - Reid's Concordance to Burns'
* Sussex Archeological Collections' – Bryan's Dictionary of asked, Who is the author of this statement? At the Painters and Engravers' - Monthly. Chronicle of North: period alluded to he was living in the same house Country Lore and Legend' — Pring's “Captaine Martin with Henry Mayhew, and was his companion from Pringe.'
morning till night. The house in which we lived Notices to Correspondents.
was a haberdasher's shop in Heming's Row, at the back of St. Martin's workhouse. We occupied
apartments together there. The conception of Notes.
Mr. Punch first entered Mayhew's brain. He imTHE ORIGIN OF PUNCH.'
parted the idea to me, and then it was talked over The following contribution to the literature of It was here that the present form of Punch was
with Mr. A'Becket and other men who visited us. this subject is from the only survivor of the folded as a paper so as to open and show a large founders of Punch. He is now blind and in poor political cartoon. It took some time, and I do not circumstances, being in receipt of assistance from know how
long, before the idea expanded and bethe Royal Literary Fund. In compliance with my request, he sends the accompanying, which he came the subject of a debate in another public dictated to Mr. Eastcott, R.N., Deputy In-house, called the “Crown," in Vinegar Yard, oppospector-General of Hospitals and Fleets.
site the pit entrance to Drury Lane Theatre. Here, WILLIAM PAYNE,
in an upstairs room, not open to the general public,
the godfathers, with Mayhew and the present Southsea.
writer, used to assemble nightly. In fact, we The birth and parentage of most great men is formed ourselves into a sort of club, and there his often the subject of curious and interesting inquiry. cradle was rocked till he became a vigorous and The birth and parentage of Mr. Punch forms no healthy fellow. It must not be supposed that this exception to this somewhat general rule. Like room was exclusively frequented by Punch writers. --Falstaff, be is witty himself as well as the cause They often brought their friends with them, and of wit in others. His origin, however, is humble. in this way men who never wrote a line in Punch He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth; frequently appeared. for although the royal standard floated over the The “Crown" tavern, in which Punch now held palace where he first appeared, the palace was a his nightly meetings, was celebrated for its chops gin-palace. This palace was kept by Mr. Peter and steaks, and occasionally there was an ordiÉmans, and was opposite Somerset House, in the nary, whose visitors were called the “Leg of Strand. It may seem somewhat remarkable that Mutton Maniacs,” in consequence of the frequency Mr. Punch's appearance should have taken place of that joint appearing at the table. It was here in so appropriate a dwelling as a tavern, yet such that Punch's infancy and childhood were fostered. was the case.
The usual discussions that take place in clubs took The writer of the present paper was about the year place here when Punch had arrived atsuch a maturity 1840 associated with Mr. Henry Mayhew. Mr. that the different theatres thought it advisable to