The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 4 eBook

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Page 220. Old Q——­.  William Douglas, fourth Duke of Queensberry (1724-1810), the most notorious libertine of his later days.

Page 224. John, my valet.  This is a very similar incident to that described in the Elia essay on the “Old Benchers,” where Lovel (John Lamb) warns Samuel Salt, when dressing him, not to allude, at the party to which he is going, to the unfortunate Miss Blandy.

Page 228, line 1. Mother Damnable.  There was at Kentish Town a notorious old shrew who bore this nickname in the 17th century.

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Printed in Blackwood, January, 1830, and not reprinted by Lamb.

This little play was never acted.  Lamb refers to it in a letter to Bernard Barton—­in July, 1829—­as “an old rejected farce”; and Canon Ainger mentions a note of Lamb’s to Charles Mathews, in October, 1828, offering the farce for production at the Adelphi.  The theme is one that seems always to have interested Lamb (see his essay on the “Inconveniences of Being Hanged,” Vol.  I.).

Page 243, line 3. “An Argument against the Use of Animal Food.” Joseph Ritson, 1752-1803, the antiquarian, was converted to vegetarianism by Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees.  The work from which Cutlet quotes was published in 1802.  Pope’s motto is from the Essay on Man, I., lines 81-84.

Page 243, last line. Mr. Molyneux ... in training to fight Cribb.  Cutlet’s rump steak did not avail in either of the great struggles between Tom Cribb and Tom Molineaux.  At their first meeting, on December 18, 1810, Molineaux went under at the thirty-third round; and in the return match, on September 28, 1811, Molineaux’s jaw was broken at the ninth and he gave in at the eleventh, to the great disappointment of the 20,000 spectators.  Mr. Molineaux was a negro.





“In the Album of a very Young Lady”
  “To Caroline Maria Applebee”
  “To Cecilia Catherine Lawton”
  “To a Lady who Desired me to Write Her Epitaph”
  “To Her youngest Daughter”
  “To Mrs. F——­, on Her Return from Gibraltar”
  “To Esther Field”
  “To Mrs. Williams”
  “To S.F.” 
  “To R.Q.” 
  “To S.L.” 
  “To M.L.” 
  “An Acrostic against Acrostics”
  “Un Solitaire”
  “To S.T.” 
  “To Mrs. Sarah Robinson”
  “To Sarah”
  “Acrostic” (Joseph Vale Asbury)
  “To D.A.” 
  “To Sarah James of Beguildy”
  “To Emma Button”

Addington, Henry, Lamb’s epigram on

Aders, Charles, Lamb’s poem to

Albion, The, and Lamb

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