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Compendium of Good Things,
IN PROSE AND VERSE:
(With many Original Articles of Interest and Amusement,)
A COMPILATION FROM THE
MOST ESTEEMED AUTHORS OF FORMER TIMES;
With a Selection from the
MOST APPROVED WORKS OF THE PRESENT DAY;
An Elegant Repository
FLOWERS OF ANCIENT AND MODERN LITERATURE,
Printed and Published for the Proprietors by G. MORGAN, 42, Holywell street, Strand.-May be
VOL. I. No. 1.]
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LONDON, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1918.
How far our friends are authorized to claim an explanation of the grounds uponwhich our present title has been assumed, we are not enabled to determine, being partially inclined to believe that if it is substantiated to the expectation we have aroused, or the encouragement we solicit, enough will be done to exonerate us from the necessity of clucidation or defence. Many persons, however, like SHAKSPEARE's lago, may be "nothing if not critical," and to such we shall furnish a brief statement of the views and name under which this miscellany has appealed to their patronage.
The Daily Papers are occasionally enriched with many articles of amusement and utility, which no periodical medium of the present day has professed to collect. A vast variety of such efforts are also absorbed in more expensive pubheations, and from these to select, with a discriminating hand, whatever could tickle the fancy, or improve the understanding, constituted the chief motive for this result of our labours. While, therefore, the most ordinary powers of perception and discernment can be relied on, a fruitful succession of novelty and excellence will be laid before the readers of this medium, for all that taste, erudition, and ingenuity can recommend to their perusal, or adapt to their purposes. The design is not more comprehensive than inexhaustible, and if the present specimen be approved of, we shall not shrink from a pledge of even strengthening the claims that will then be enforced upon the support and applause of our numerous readers.
As we shall carefully avoid introducing any matter of a political tendency in the pages of the TICKLER, that is not recommended to our notice by the brilliancy of its wit, or the keenness of its satire, it cannot be deemed requisite that we should trespass upon the reader with a ¦ declaration of our political opinions. It being probable, however, that we shall occasionally in sert neat squibs and polished satires of a public nature, we confidently assure ourselves that if the selection should be found to preponderate on
either side, the candid reader will do us the ja tice not to impeach our impartiality, but to attribute the circumstance to its real source, viz. a lack of industry, or narrowness of talent on the side which may be found deficient.
We shall furnish a Title-page and Index to each annual volume, which, in addition to the brilliant flights of collected genius, will exhibit many features of original excellence. Such, at least, is the hope that we have been permitted to indulge by our Correspondents, to whom, and
the wide circle of subscribers whose sanction was not more spontaneous than sincere, the joint proprietors of this work present their most grateful acknowledgments, with a firm resolution to justify the full favor by which their growing efforts have been so powerfully aided.
ROYAL CURIOSITY.-In the year 1797, when the" Castle Spectre" and "Blue Beard" had just been produced, his Majesty commanded them both for one evening's performance, to which gracious message the managers returned, in substance, the following reply: "That, tinction, they would gladly comply with the highly flattered by his Majesty's peculiar discommand; but begged of the Chamberlain to apprise his Majesty, that the performances must commence at Three in the afternoon, in order to finish by Twelve at night."
CLERICAL POCKET COMPANION.-The Earl of Sandwich, known by the name of Jemmy Twitcher, who was remarkable for making pretty free with the clerical cloth, being in a present, secretly offered a considerable bet to large company where there were ten clergymen the gentleman who sat next him, that there either of the parsons. The wager being acceptwas not a single prayer-book in the pocket of ed, a pretended dispute, respecting some article in the church service, gave occasion to an inquiry for a prayer-book, but neither of the clerthe Earl privately offered another bet, to the Some time after, gymen could produce one. same amount, that there was not, among the ten parsons, a single one of them without a corkscrew. This wager was accepted, and the tered the room with a bottle of claret and a butler being properly instructed, presently enbroken corkscrew, requesting the favour of any gentleman, who had such a thing, to