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INTRODUCTION.

To collect into a focus, a series of Origins and Etymologies, that lay scattered through various Publications, ancient and modern ;-to place within the reach of all, what hitherto could only be procured by the few ;-to instruct the rising generation, to amuse the curious of all ages, and to save trouble to the antiquary, a mass of interesting and instructive matter, has been concentrated within the small compass of this volume, and which, the Compiler unhesitatingly submits to the Public, with the conviction, that should it be found below their praise, it will, nevertheless, remain undeserving of their censure.

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CONTENTS.

A.

Page

Page

ALPRABET

6 Amen Corner

245

Authors

13 Atlantic Ocean

269

Architecture

44 Azores, or Western Islands 269

Almanacks

36 Athens

269

Algebra

39 America

269

Anchors

46 Arundel

269

Air Balloons

48 Apprentice's Pillar, Roslyn

Alum

55 Chapel

269

Actors, making a Trade of All the Russias

270

their Profession

69 Abyssinia

270

Auld Robin Gray (Ballad) 74 Ass !

299

Arundelian Tables

78 Assassin

299

Atheism in France

84 Anthony Pig !

301

Acts of Parliament

96 April Fool !

306

Ale-House Licences

96 Admirable Crichton

310

Affirmation of the Quakers 96 As Stupid as a Goose!

314

Auctions

96 Another for Hector!

315

Arches Court

101

A Peg too low !

316

American War

102 A Roland for an Oliver!

319

Admiral (The Title)

108 A Bird in the Hand's worth

Ambassador

111 two in the Bush

324

Argyle Motto

115 As merry as a Greek! . 325

Alderman (The Title)

115 As drunk as David's Sow! 326

Algernon (The Name) 124 Apparition !

330
Alban's St. (Family)

125 Anatomical Wax Figures 336

Archery

132 Augean Stable

339

Arms of the Cobblers of Flan- Adore

339

ders! .

164 Allodial

339

Ablutions of the Romans 166 | Amazon

339

Astley's Prize Wherry

169 Anacreon Moore

339

April

177 Adieu!

August

179 Alligator

340

All

Saint's Day

184 Angel

340

All Souls

184 Arab

340

Ash Wednesday

192 Artichoke

340

Agriculture

193 Alkali

340

Acantha (I'he)

197

Arrow Root

202

Ale

204

B.

Attorney

215

Apothecary

215 Burlesque (Origin of)

3

Aldgate Ward

236 Books, &c.

4

Aldersgate Ward

236 Bibles

10

All Hallows Barking

241 Bible History

11

All Halloys Staining

241 Building with Stone in Eng-

Addle Street

244

land

19

Aldersgate Street

244 Board Wages

39

Aldermanbury

244 Banking Syst:m

41

Ab-church Lane

244 bank or England

Adelphi

245 | Baskets

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Bridges

50 Bow Lane

245

Bombs

51 | Broadwall

245

Bastinado

52 Bloomsbury

245

Bells

53 Blackfriars

246

Bleaching

54 Battle Stairs

246

Beggar's Opera

70 Bridewell, Clerkenwell, &c. 246

Baliol College

76 Bevis Marks

246

Brazen Nose Do.

77 Brook Market

246

Bodleian Library

78 Barge Yard, Bucklersbury 246

Bible Societies

83 Bird Cage Walk

247

Bell System of Education 83 Buckingham House

247

Bishop's Crozier

84 Bermondsey Street

Benefit of Clergy

89 Bath

271

Boroughs

89 Blenheim

• 271

Board of Green Cloth

101 | Battle Bridge

271

Baron (The Title)

108 | Brighton

271

Baronet

108 Berwick upon Tweed - 272

Bourbons as Kings of Spain 110 Barnesbury Park

272

Black Prince

114 Baltimore

272

Bath and Wells (Bishop of) 116 Bermudas

273

Bellman (Office of)

117 Brazils

273

Bourbon (Royal Family) 125 Bishop and his Clerks

273
Backgammon (Game of) 132 Barrows, or Cairns

294

Bull-baiting

134 Bailiff

300

Bear-baiting

135 Beef-eater

301

Baptism

144 Bigot

302

Biddenden Cakes

145 Bankrupt

303

Bride Cake

146 Bears and Bulls

305

Bone-fires

157 Buggabo!

306

Bending the Knee, &c. 157 Baron Munchausen !

310

Bartholomew Fair

166 By Hook, or by Crook!

312

Bills of Mortality

175 Banshee

330

Black Bartholomew

190 Brownies

33)

Barley, Beer, Barme

204 Bantams

341

Bread and Butter

208 Bumper

341

Blankets

210 Beverage

341

Boat's Painter

214 Blood

34)

Broker

216 Beever, or Bevor

341

Butler

217 Bellerophon

341

Barber

215 Boh!

341

Barber's Pole

218 | Book

342

Bear and Ragged Staff 223 Benevolence and Beneficence 342

Brace, King's Bench

223 | Bayonet

342

Bag of Nails -

224 Botber!

342

Bell Savage

225

Black Doll at Rag Shops 225

Bolt-in-Tun

.226

C.

Bull and Mouth

226

Bull and Gate

226 Circulating Libraries (Ori.

Blossom's Inn

227 gin of)

S

Bridge House Estates

232 Caxton Press

Basing Hall

234 Corinthian Order of Archi-

Blackwell-hall

234 tecture

15

Bonner's-fields

235 Composite Do. Do.

16

Bancroft's Alms-houses 235 Chronological Table of An-

Billingsgate Ward

236 cient and Modern Strue-

Bishopsgaie Do.

236 tures -

16

Bread Street Do. -

237 Cartoons (The)

28

Broad Street Do..

238 Chandos Portrait of Shake-

Basyisshaw Do.

238

speare

29

Bridge and Tower Wards 238 Concerts

31

Blackman Street, Borough 245 Commerce, and Use of Money 34

Bartlett's Buildings

245 Coin

37

Barbican
245 Cannons

51

Bond Street

245 Cbain hot

Bucklersbury
245 | Congreve Rockets

52

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