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TO THE READER.
This Volume is, in the main, the result of many intervals, which the Author has employed “rather in deriving instruction and amusement from the works of others than in attempting to afford either by his own.
In this chequer-work he seeks a welcome to the fields and the fireside, the country and the town; and, above all things, he aims to commemorate those seasons of rest and joy which, in neither age of the world, have been more desirable than they are in the present. To show how this is sought to be accomplished, requires a few words of introduction as to the special contents of the following pages.
A GARLAND FOR THE YEAR is the fulfilment of a long-cherished design, dating from the time of the Author's first acquaintance with William Hone, when producing his Everyday Book; in which association were fostered the Writer's early indications of love of antiquarian lore, and matters of domestic history. The Garland is, however, but a précis in comparison with Mr. Hone's two bulky volumes: it gives the history in little of Memorable Days, with such new lights as the archæologist and the observer of Nature have thrown upon doubtful points; while it seeks to add serviceable information to that of curious and recreative character.
The rus et urbs range of SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY is traceable to the Author's start in the world of letters, with a description of one of the most picturesque rural districts of England, and his culminating in the production of the Curiosities of London. Thus, in the present volume, you will find the history of the GAME AND THE STREET OF PALL MALL, in juxtaposition with the economy of the WHITEBAIT, and PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF BRAMBLETYE, the latter a nook of quiet as rustic as its name implies.
* Richard Sharpe ; prefixed to his Letters and Essays.
DOMESTIC ARTS AND Customs include a series of papers, mostly brief,
In the GLORIES OF A GARDEN we see how many good men have been
Yes! in the poor man's garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers;
And joy for weary hours.
In the Collectanea of utilities with which the volume concludes, the
Throughout the volume the Author has aimed at conveying such
be taken up again
It need scarcely be repeated that the aids throughout the present
The meanest floweret of the vale,
The Conversion of St. Paul 16 Holy Thursday
Pall Mall, where first played.-Pepys's Account.—The Mall in St. James's
Park.—Malls and Pall Malls.—Balls and Mallets for playing the Game
WHITEBAIT, pp. 164–170.
Where Whitebait is taken.—Mr. Yarrell's Identification of the Species. — White-
bait fishing.-The Hamble and the Firth of Forth.—Whitebait Dinners
at Blackwall and Greenwich.-Ministerial Fish Dinners.—How Whitebait
are cooked.– Mr. Walker's Carte for a Whitebait Dinner.-Shad and
The Weald of Sussex.-Saxon and Belgic Races.—Early Owners of Brambletye.-
The old moated House.—The House built by the Comptons.— Attacked
Colours-Blue and Buff
Old Posies for Rings
Pastry and Cookery Schools . . 233