“Faded Blue Coat, with tarnished Brass Buttons, took the chair.
“Velveteen Jacket moved
the first resolution, which was seconded
by Check Shirt and Ankle-jacks.
“Brown Great Coat, with
holes in elbows, moved the second
resolution—seconded by Greasy Drab Breeches and Dirty Leather
“After thanks to Blue
Coat had been moved by Brown Surtout and
Crack under both Arms, the Fustian Jackets departed.”
Would not this be quite sufficient? Knowing the philosophy of appearance in England, might we not by our imagination supply a truer speech to every orator than could be taken down by the most faithful reporter?
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PUNCH’S PENCILLINGS.—No. XVI.
[Illustration: THE NEW PARLIAMENTARY MASONS.
“WE HAVE A PLAN, WHICH, FROM ITS ORIGINALITY,
SHOULD DRAW DOWN UPON US THE
GRATITUDE OF THE NATION.... WE PROPOSE THAT, DURING THE PROROGATION, AT
LEAST, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, SHOULD, LIKE BEAVERS, BUILD THEIR OWN
Vide PUNCH, No. 14, page 162.]
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LIST OF THE PREMIUMS
AWARDED BY THE
HOOKHAM-CUM-SNIVEY LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY,
FOR THE YEAR 1841.
MANAGEMENT OF LANDED PROPERTY.
To Count D’Orsay, for the most approved Essay on Cultivating a Flower Pot, and the Expediency of growing Mignionette in preference to Sweet Pea on the Window-sills—
The Pasteboard Medal of the Society.
METHOD OF GROWING PERMANENT WHISKERS.
To Colonel Sibthorp, for a Report of several successful Experiments in laying down his own Cheeks for a permanent growth of Whisker, with a description of the most approved Hair-fence worn on the Chin, and the exact colour adapted to all seasons—
The Pasteboard Medal and a Bottle of Balm of Columbia.
IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF THE POOR, BY INVENTING A VALUABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR MEAT, BREAD, VEGETABLES, AND OTHER MASTICATORY ALIMENT.
To the Poor-Law Commissioners, for their valuable Essay on Cheap Feeding, and an Account of several Experiments made in the Unions throughout the Kingdom; by which they have satisfactorily demonstrated that a man may exist on stewed chips and sawdust—also for their original receipt for making light, cheap workhouse soup, with a gallon of water and a gooseberry—
The Pasteboard Medal and a Mendicity Ticket.