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A CHOICE COLLECTION
FACETIOUS ANECDOTES, SINGULAR FACTS,
ALL EMBELLISHED WITH
STERLING WIT, GENUINE HUMOUR, AND PIQUANT RICHNESS;
AND INTERSPERSED WITH
MIRTHFUL "GEMS OF POESY:"
So divertingly, and so chronologically put together, that the Reader
EVERY MONTH IN THE YEAR.
"Under the Sun,
"There's no such Fun,"-Toм MOORE.
SHERWOOD, GILBERT, AND PIPER,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
ERNEST LEWIS GAY
PRINTED BY 7. BRETTELL, RUPERT STREET, HAYMARKET.
A FEW WORDS TO THE READER.
READER are you an honest, good-humoured, jolly, laughter-loving fellow? If you are, my boy, here's my Book for you! I give it just as I would give my hand, and prithee take it kindly.
If I was born a Philosopher, it certainly was a laughing one. To me, mirth has ever been welcome at all times. A mellow story-a gay song—a flash of wit—a facetious detail-a bright thought—an eccentric ideaa vivacious anecdote-and, indeed, all such risible commodities, are never, with me, out of season, and henceSPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, and WINTER, have I decked with various pleasantries.
My Volume should have been adorned with three hundred and sixty-five wood-cuts, which I had myself desned, but the Engravers were unable to execute them from laughing, and in faith I could not blame them.
If a Book is to be estimated by the time which has been consumed in its production, this Volume is inesti