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Post 8vo, cloth limp, 25. 6d. per volume. THE MAYFAIR LIBRARY.
THE NEW REPUBLIC. By W. H. MALLOCK.
PENNELL. PUCK ON PEGASUS. By H. CHOLMONDELEY PENNELL. ORIGINAL PLAYS. By W. S. GILBERT. CAROLS OF COCKAYNE. By HENRY S. LEIGH. LITERARY FRIVOLITIES, FANCIES, FOLLIES, AND
FROLICS. By W. T. Dobson. PENCIL AND PALETTE. By Robert KEMPT. THE BOOK OF CLERICAL ANECDOTES. By JACOB
Other Volumes are in preparation.
OF THE “TIMES”
WITH AN INTRODUCTION
EDITED BY ALICE CLAY
(All rights reservert]
270. g. 873
The contents of the little volume now presented to the public have been taken from the second column (commonly called the “Agony Column") of the Times newspaper, from the commencement of the present century to the end of the year 1870.
Readers of newspapers (more especially of the Times) cannot fail to be struck by the mysterious communications which daily appear, and I venture to hope my selection of some of the most remarkable may interest those who peruse these pages.
Most of the advertisements selected show a curious phase of life, interesting to an observer of human existence and human eccentricities. They are veiled in an air of mystery, with a view of blinding the general public, but at the same time give a clue unmistakable to those for whom they were intended.
At the early period of 1800 the "Agony Column seems to have been the chief medium for matrimonial advertisements; but, unfortunately, we are left considerably in the dark, and our curiosity as to whether the young nobleman (in advertisement