Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete eBook

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(From our own reporter on the spot!)

DEAR SIR,—­“The dinner is fatally true! but, I am happy to state, there are doubts about the tea, and you may almost wholly contradict the supper.”


“I have only time to say, things are not so bad!  The tea is disproved, and the supper was a gross exaggeration.

“N.B.  My horse is dead!”


Hurrah!  Glorious news!  There is no truth in the above fearful rumour; it is false from beginning to end, and, doubtless, had its vile origin from some of the “adverse faction,” as it is clearly of such a nature as to convulse the country.  To what meanness will not these Tories stoop, for the furtherance of their barefaced schemes of oppression and pillage!  The facts they have so grossly distorted with their tortuous ingenuity and demoniac intentions, are simply these:—­A saveloy was ordered by one of the upper servants (who is on board wages, and finds his own kitchen fire), the boy entrusted with its delivery mistook the footman for his lordship.  This is very unlikely, as the man is willing to make an affidavit he had “just cleaned himself,” and therefore, it is clear the boy must have been a paid emissary.  But the public will be delighted to learn, to prevent the possibility of future mistakes—­“John” has been denuded of his whiskers—­the only features which, on a careful examination, presented the slightest resemblance to his noble master.  In fact, otherwise the fellow is remarkably good-looking.

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It being now an established axiom that every member goes into Parliament for the sole purpose of advancing his own private interest, and not, as has been ignorantly believed, for the benefit of his country or the constituency he represents, it becomes a matter of vast importance to those individuals who have not had the advantage of long experience in the house, to be informed of the mode usually adopted by honourable members in the discharge of their legislative duties.  With this view the writer, who has, for the last thirty years, done business on both sides of the house, and always with the strictest regard to the main chance, has collected a number of hints for the guidance of juvenile members, of which the following are offered as a sample:—­

HINT 1.—­It is a vulgar error to imagine that a man, to be a member of Parliament, requires either education, talents, or honesty:  all that it is necessary for him to possess is—­impudence and humbug!

HINT 2.—­When a candidate addresses a constituency, he should promise everything.  Some men will only pledge themselves to what their conscience considers right.  Fools of this sort can never hope to be


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