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Post Svo, cloth limp, 25. 6d. per volume. THE MAYFAIR LIBRARY. THE NEW REPUBLIC. By W. H. Mallock.' THE NEW PAUL AND VIRGINIA. By W. H. MALLOCK. THE TRUE HISTORY OF JOSHUA DAVIDSON. By E.

LYNN LINTON. OLD STORIES RE-TOLD. By WALTER THORNBURY. PUNIANA. By the Hon. Hugh Rowley. MORE PUNIANA. By the Hon. Hugu Rowley. THOREAU: HIS LIFE AND AIMS. By H. A. PAGE. BY STREAM AND SEA. By William SENIOR. JEUX D'ESPRIT. Collected and Edited by Henry S. LEIGH. GASTRONOMY AS A FINE ART. By BRILLAT-SAVARIN. THE MUSES OF MAYFAIR. Edited by H. CHOLMONDELEY

PENNELL. PUCK ON PEGASUS. By H. CHOLMONDELEY PENNELL. ORIGINAL PLAYS. By W. S. Gilbert. CAROLS OF COCKAYNE. By HENRY S. Leigh. LITERARY FRIVOLITIES, FANCIES, FOLLIES, AND

FROLICS. By W. T. Dobson. PENCIL AND PALETTE. By Robert KEMPT. THE BOOK OF CLERICAL ANECDOTES. By Jacos

LARWOOD, THE SPEECHES OF CHARLES DICKENS. THE CUPBOARD PAPERS. By Fin-Bec. QUIPS AND QUIDDITIES. By W. DAVENPORT ADAMS. MELANCHOLY ANATOMISED: a Popular Abridgment of “Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.”

*** Other Volumes are in preparation. CHATTO AND WINDUS, PICCADILLY, W.

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London
CHATTO AND WINDUS, PICCADILLY

1881
(All rights reservert]

PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED, LONDON AND BECCLES.

INTRODUCTION.

THE contents of the little volume now presented to the public have been taken from the second column (commonly called the “Agony Column") of the Times newspaper, from the commencement of the present century to the end of the year 1870.

Readers of newspapers (more especially of the Times) cannot fail to be struck by the mysterious communications which daily appear, and I venture (to hope my selection of some of the most remarkable may interest those who peruse these pages.

Most of the advertisements selected show a curious phase of life, interesting to an observer of human existence and human eccentricities. They are veiled in an air of mystery, with a view of blinding the general public, but at the same time give a clue unmistakable to those for whom they were intended.

At the early period of 1800 the "Agony Column" seems to have been the chief medium for matrimonial advertisements; but, unfortunately, we are left considerably in the dark, and our curiosity as to whether the young nobleman (in advertisement

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