Monthly Archives: March 2016

When Anyone Could Issue Money

Snippets 60.  Until the Bank Charter Act of 1844, the Bank of England was just one of many institutions that were issuing bank notes.  As amazing as it might seem nowadays, any banking institution could offer their own bank notes, … Continue reading

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Journals 13.4 – Reminiscences of an Idler (Part 4)

This is the conclusion of my article on Henry Wikoff’s journal. For the previous parts, please see the entries posted on 7th, 14th and 21st March 2015. High society was not just about politicians and Royalty, and there were plenty … Continue reading

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An Easter Snippet

Happy Easter from Windows into History!  The following quote is taken from A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt, published in 1859.  You can find other quotes from this book in Snippets 38 … Continue reading

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London Dialect for the “Curous Scholard”

Snippets 59.  In 1814 Anecdotes of the English Language was published, a revised and expanded edition of the 1803 original.  Written by Samuel Pegge (1704-1796) but published posthumously, it was subtitled Chiefly Regarding the Local Dialect of London and its … Continue reading

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Journals 13.3 – Reminiscences of an Idler (Part 3)

This is the continuation of my article on Henry Wikoff’s journal. For the previous parts, please see the entries posted on 7th and 14th March 2016. There is no doubt that Wikoff had ambitions to break into the inner circles … Continue reading

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How to Win Customers (in 1853!)

Snippets 58.  Robert Kemp Philp (1819-1882) wrote a wide variety of handbooks giving advice on different aspects of life.  His work is very valuable from a social history perspective, as it offers insights into 19th Century attitudes, and hardships faced … Continue reading

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Journals 13.2 – Reminiscences of an Idler (Part 2)

This is the continuation of my article on Henry Wikoff’s journal. For the previous part, please see the entry posted on 7th March 2016. Wikoff’s first exploration of London was an eye-opener for him, with everything on such a grand … Continue reading

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