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Compendium of Good Things,



(With many Original Articles of Interest and Amusement,)

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Printed and Published for the Proprietors by G. MORGAN, 42, Holywell street, Strand.-May be

had also of SHERWOOD, NEELY, and Jones, Paternoster-row ; SIMPKiN and MARSHALL, Sne

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either side, the candid reader will do us the jur

tice not to impeach our impartiality, but to How far our friends are authorized to claim attribute the circumstance to its real source, un explanation of the grounds uponwhich our viz. a lack of industry, or narrowness of talent present title has been assumed, we are not ena- on the side which may be found deficient. bled to determine, being partially inclined to believe that if it is substantiated to the ex

We shall furnish a Title-page and In:lex to

each annual volume, which, in addition to the peetation we have aroused, or the encouragement we solicit, enough will be done to exone

brilliant flights of collected genius, will euchitit rate us from the necessity of elucidation or de many features of original excellence. Such, at

least, is the hope that we have been permitted to fence. Many persons, however, like ShakSPEARE's lago, may be " nothing if not criti. indulge by our Correspondents, toʻrchom, and cal," and to such we shall furnish a brief state

the wide circle of subscribers accose sanction

was not more spontaneous than sincere, the ment of the views and name under which this

joint proprietors of this work present their most miscellany has appealed to their patronage.

grateful acknowledgments, with a firm resoluThe Daily Papers are occasionally enriched tion to justify the full faror by which their with many articles of amusement and utility, growing efforts have been so powerfully aided. orhick no periodical medium of the present day h:28 professed to collect. A vast variety of such efforts are also absorbed m more expensive pub

Anecdotes, lications, and from these 'to select, with a dis

Royal CURIOSITY.--In the rear 1797, when criminating hand, whatever could tickle the

the " Castle Spectre” and “ Blue Beard” hadi fancy, or improve the understanding, consti

just been produced, his Majesty commande tuted the chief motive for this result of our them both for one evening's performanre, to lubours. While, therefore, the most ordinary which gracious message the managers returned, porers of perception und discernment cun be in substance, the following reply: “ That, relied on, a fruitful succession of novelty and tinction, they would gladly comply with the

highly tiattered by his Majesty's peculiar disexcellence will be laid before the readers of this coramand; but begged of the Chamberlain to medium, for all that taste, erudition, and inge- apprise his Majesty, that the performances nity can recommend to their perusal, or adapt must commence at Three in the afternoon, in

order to finish by Twelve at night.” to their purposes. The design is not more

CLERICAL POCKET COMPANION.-The Earl comprehensive than inexhaustible, and if the of Sandwich, known by the name of Jenny present specimen be approved of, we shall not Twitcher, who was remarkable for making shrink from a pledge of even strengthening the pretty free with the clerical cloth, being in a claims that will then be enforced upon the sup- present, secretly offered a considerable bet to

large company where there were ten clergymnen port and applause of our numerous readers.

the gentleman who sat next him, that there As we shall carefully avoid introducing any either of the parsons.' The wager being accept

was not a single prayer-book in the pocket of matter of a political tendency in the pages of ed, a pretended dispute, respecting some article the TICKLER, that is not recommended to our in the church service, gave occasion to an innotice by the brilliancy of its wit, or the keen- quiry for a prayer-book, but neither of the clerness of its satire, it cannot be deemed requisite the Earl privately offered another bet, to the

gymen could produce one. Some time after, that we should trespass upon the reader with a same amount, that there was not, among the declaration of our political opinions. It being ten parsons, a single one of them without a probable, however, that we shall occasionally in- corkscrew. This wager was accepted, and the sert reut squibs and polished satires of a public tered the room with a bottle of claret and a

butler being properly instructed, presently ennature, we confidently assure ourselves that is broken corkscrew, requesting the favour of the selection should be found to preponderate on any gentleman, who had such a thing, to

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