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ANECDOTES

OF THE

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

OF

LONDON

FROM THE ROMAN INVASION TO THE YEAR 1700 ;

INCLUDING

THE ORIGIN OF BRITISH SOCIETY, CUSTOMS, AND MANNERS,
WITH A GENERAL SKETCH OF THE STATE OF RELIGION, SUPERSTITION, DRESSES,

AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE CITIZENS OF LONDON, DURING THAT PERIOD.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE CHANGES IN OUR LANGUAGE, LITERARY CUSTOMS, AND

GRADUAL IMPROVEMENT IN STYLE AND VERSIFICATION, AND
VARIOUS PARTICULARS CONCERNING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIBR ARIES.

ILLUSTRATED BY EIGHTEEN ENGRAVINGS.

BY JAMES PELLER MALCOLM, F. A. S.
AUTHOR OP “ LONDINIUM REDIVIVUM ;" AND OF “ANECDOTES OP THE MANNERS AND

CUSTOMS OF LONDON, DURING THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY."

L O N D ON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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INTRODUCTION.

THE Author has nothing to add to his former observations on the subject of the present work, beyond the very sincere hope that the Volume now offered

may prove as acceptable to the Publick as the Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of the Eighteenth Century : which he flatters himself will be the case, on reflecting that it contains many long-forgotten and most curious articles of information, derived from various authorities, and from one of the most antient and valuable sources in the British Metropolis—the Library of Sion College ; the President, Governors, and Librarian of which deserve the highest praise, for their liberal indulgence to

J. P. MALCOLM.

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