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Well suited to teach many older folks; ;
For many true words are spoken in jokes;
And many will take, in a jocose way,
What, soberly said, would drive them away;
And many will see, in a ludicrous scene,
Portraits so finished, their own, I ween,)
As to cure them of follies, and make them shun
The features they laugh at, in others, as fun.
But why all this pleading? I'm no patron-seeker.
Let it speak for itself—THE HUMOROUS SPEAKER.




The Mosquito's Song-A Soliloquy..

. Anonymous 11

The Contest Unequal..

Sidney Smith 12

Phaëthon, or the Amateur Coachman.

.Jno. G. Saxe 13

Bullum vs. Boatum.

.Stevens 16

The Miss—Nomers.,

. Anon. 19

How to Sell a Horse...

. Anon.' 21

DIALOGUE-A Deceiver Deceived.

..Hall 23

Paired, not Matched...

...Hood 29

Mr. Pickwick in a Dilemma.

.Dickens 30


Geo. Colman, Jr. 35

Do as other People Do.

..Anon. 39

John Littlejohn,

Chas. Mackay 41

Burnt Aigle and Mrs. Radford...

..Mrs. Hail 42

The Threatened Invasion..

..Anon. 46

A Rill from The Town Pump...

.Hawthorne 47

A Rill from The Town Pump (continued).

Hawthorne 50

John Bull and The Phial.

...Anon. 63

The Land vs. The Sea...

..Anon. 64

DIALOGUE—The Art of Puffing.

.R. B. Sheridan 66

The Peeping Ladies....

. Anon. 61

Calling up a Traveller..

.J. Poole 63

A Parody-The Sea...

..Anon. 67

Quin and Foote....

. Anon. 68

The Dustman's Soliloquy:

Anon. 69

Mister Bolt, The Bolt Maker.

. Anon. 70

Beginning of a Bad Citizen.

. Anon. 71

DIALOGUE--How to Make Lodgings Pay Double.....J. M. Morton 72

The Cold Water Man..

.Saxe 79

How Michael Fagan Cured His Pig.

. Anon. 81

Sigos of a Storm.

Anon. 82

Bardell vs. Pickwick,

Dickens 84

Merchant's Career.

.Anon. 87

Editorial Perplexities.

Anon. 88

DIALOGUE—The Unprincipled Lawyer.

G. W. Lovell 90

The Glutton..

Anon. 95

Behind and Before.

. Anon. 96

The Militia General.

.Thomas Corwin 99

The Butterfly's Ball.

..Roscoe 101

Epitaph on an Old Horse.

Dr. Ladd 103

Election Times..

. Anon. 104

DIALOGUE-Passion for Argument.

.G. Colman, Jr. 106

Art of Book-Keeping

Hood 112

Magpie and Monkey.

Yriarte. 114


.. Rev. J. Pierpont. 117


A Short Sermon on Malt .....

..Anon. 118

The Nose vs. The Eyes.

.Cowper 120

A Politician,

.G. A. Stevens 121

DIALOGUE--Money Makes the Man..

..E. L. Bulwer 123

Elegy on the Duke of Marlborough.

.Swift 127

The Useful Young Man..

. Anon. 128

Opera Singers and Dancers.

. Anon. 129

Killing a Blue Bottle...

... Anon. 130

Raps on the Lapstone.

G.W. Bungay 133

Unfortunate Attempt at Courtship.

. Anon. 133

Toby Tosspot.

.Colman 134

Frank Hayman.

.Taylor 136

DIALOGUE--Foolish Son and More Foolish Mother..G. C. Colman, Jr. 138

A Song of the Railroad...

.C. T. Wolfe 141

The Farmer and The Lawyer.

.Horace Smith 143

The Moralists.

. Anon. 144

Elegy on Mrs. Blaize.

Goldsmith 146

Battle of the Kegs.

.F. Hopkinsin 147

Orator Puft..

Thomas Moore 150

Living up Five pair of Stairs.

Anon. 150

DIALOGUE-Follies of Late Courtship.

.D. Garrick 152

The Pleasures of a Pic-Nic Party.

Hood 155

The Butterfly Beau....

. Anon 157

Miss Mary-What she is and what she does.

..Anon. 158

Specimen of a Shrew..

..Anon. 159

Helps to Read..

Byrom 162

The Graham System...

. Anon. 163

Diogenes No Fool,..

C. L. Porter 166

DIALOGUE-Pedants Seeking Patronage.

. Anon. 165

The Cow and The Ass..

..Anon. 171

Old Winter...

..Moore 173

The Yorkshireman and His Family.

..Anon. 175

The Farmer's Blunder.

. Anon. 176

Address to a Duchess..

T. H. Bayley. 179

The Juste Milieu...

. Anon. 179

The Philosopher's Domicil.

., Anon. 180

DIALOGUE-A Count Cornered.

..J. K. Paulding 181

A Modest Wit..

. Anon. 186

Daniel vs. Dishcloth..

..Stevens 187

To Dance or Not to Dance-A Parody

. Anon. 190

The Newcastle Apothecary.

..Anon. 191

Truth in Parenthesis,

..Hood 193

Yankee Eating

Haliburton 194

DIALOGUE-A Lesson English.

. Anon. 196

The Razor Seller. ;.

Wolcott 197

DIALOGUE-Diamond Cut Diamond,

.Kenny 199

Blind Man's Buff...

Horace Smith 200

Number One....:

..Hood 202

The Frenchman and The Rats,

..Anon. 205

Connubial Confab..

. Anon. 207

The Poet and The Alchemist.

. Anon. 209

Dick, the Apprentice, or Foolish Ambition.

Anon. 211

DIALOGUE-Parental Weakness....

Allingham. 212

Parody written after a Bad Dinner.

Anon. 217

Conversation ..

.. Cowper 218


Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog.

.Goldsmith 219

Christmas Times..

Moore 220

There's Nothing in it, or Miseries of Ennui.

C. Mathews 222

The Rejected...

T. H. Bayley 224

The Gouty Merchant.

. Horace Smith 226

Railway Mania.

. Anon. 227

One or the Other.

.Reiner 229

Trust not too much to Appearances..

. Anon. 231

The Dilatory Scholar...

Mrs. Gilman 234

The Magpie, or Bad Company

..Anon. 235

DIALOGUE-A Political Bore.

.Murphy 238

Talking Latin...

.Haliburton 240

Queer Mistake..

Anon, 242

Incidents of Travel.

.Major Jones 243

Romeo's Description of an Apothecary.

..Shakspeare 245

Account of a Bachelor-A Parody.

Anon. 246


.Fielding 247

The Cant of Criticism...

. Sterne 252

The Monkey that Shaved Himself and his Friends. Humphreys 254

Hotspur's Account of a Fop...

.Shakspeare 255


Hood. 256

The Dancing Master Abroad.

.Haliburton 257

The Chameleon.

.Merrick 259

DIALOGUE-A Lesson in Politeness.

Oulton 261

Rhyme of the Rail.

. Saxe 264

Young Whipstitch.

.Anon 267

The Man and his Two Wives..

.Le Fevre 269

DIALOGUE—A Faithful Subject.

Anon, 270

Humanity vs. Ingratitude.

Freneau 273

Two Blanks to a Prize,

..Anon. 276

Address of a Quack Doctor.

. Anon. 277

Village Greatness..

W. Ray 279

Monsieur Tonson.

. Anon. 280

Meeting of Dr. Slop and Obadiah.

.Sterne 285

Account of Hudibras..

Butler 287

Knickerbocker's New England Farmer.

W. Irving 290

The Tinker and The Glazier,.

.Harrison 292

A Talk about Titles...

. Freneau 295

DIALOGUE—Irish Courtesy.

.Sedley 296

The Sun-burnt Man..

Stahl 298

Dog Days.....

Hood 300

A Court Audience..

. Anon. 301

The King's Visit to a Cathedral.

Wolcott 302

The Doctor and his Apprentice.

..Anon. 303

Death of a Blacksmith..

..Anon. 305

DIALOGUE— What we Wish we Readily Believe....Joanna Baillie 306

Hands vs. Heads.

..Anon. 307

DIALOGUE-Opposite Natures.

.J. K. Paulding 310

What Mr. Robinson Thinks.

.Biglow Papers 315

The Wind in a Frolic....

Hawitt 317

The Road to a Woman's Heart.

.Haliburton 318

Canute and the Ocean.

Wolcott 320

The Brewer's Coachman..

.Taylor. 322

DIALOGUE—Troubles of Nervousness.

W. B. Bernard. 322

T'he Removal...

. Anon. 327

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