Historical Miscellany

Historical Miscellany

Historical snippets & miscellanies

Mallory’s first glimpse of Everest. Dickens describes Niagra Falls. William Pitt the Younger ordering a meat pie. John Constable writing home from London. Grumpy voters. Cheese on toast gone wrong. Blue Moons. Nelsonic Speeches and Morris Dancing. Science. Serious philosophical stuff or silly things that I find while researching.

This is a page of oddments and allsorts, like an old commonplace book for things that don’t fit elsewhere but I don’t want to forget about.

A list of miscellanies

  1. Robert Peel’s Bet [1823]
  2. William Pitt the Younger’s Final Words [1806]
  3. Old News on St Valentine’s Day [1805]
  4. A Description of a Seal [1816]
  5. Hearty Appitites [c.1790s]
  6. The Last Chime of the Clockwork Man [1802]
  7. The Wary Voter of Andover [c.1740s]
  8. Early Exposure: the Mirror with a Memory [1839]
  9. Mallory’s First Glimpse of Everest [1921]
  10. Nelson at Copenhagan [1801]
  11. The Beautiful Women of England [1790]
  12. A Sketch of the British Parliament [1782]
  13. Parson Woodforde Goes Fishing [1781]
  14. A short piece on the swallow [1877]
  15. Catherine of Aragon’s last letter to Henry VIII [1535]
  16. A nasty case of the hydrophobia [1794]
  17. Johnson and Boswell sail to Rasaay [1773]
  18. Curious statistical accounts [1814]
  19. A Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder [1806]
  20. Escape from Edgeworthstown [1798]
  21. Photographic problems on Whitby Pier [1902]
  22. Dream analysis [1909]
  23. Dew – Aristotle’s explanation [c.350bc]
  24. Samuel Coleridge’s cheese on toast catastrophe [c.1780]
  25. Christopher Colombus writes home [1493]
  26. Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors of Bristol [1774]
  27. John Constable writes to John Dunthorne [1802]
  28. Once in a blue moon [1950]
  29. Aunt Vera’s New Year wishes [1915]
  30. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance [1834]
  31. Capell Lofft, Georgian Literary Agent [1800]
  32. A list of objections: Charles Darwin and the Beagle [1831]
  33. The First Description of a Pineapple [1647]
  34. The death of anticiplation [1743]
  35. The Sensations of a Drowning Man, [1847]
  36. A Roast Dinner Cooked on the Ice over the River Exe [1855]
  37. To a Drop of Dew [1833]
  38. An Essay on Blockheads [1802]
  39. Damn’d Eyes [1766]
  40. Snowball the Greyhound [1829]
  41. A Sea Monster discovered in Porthleven, Cornwall [1786]