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Daily Life in Georgian England As Reported in the Gentleman's Magazine

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Excerpts are presented from The Gentleman's Magazine, an 18th- and early-19th-century English periodical. Selections are organized by topics relating to crime and punishment, medicine, science, natural history, archaeology, preaching the Gospel, news from America, the French Revolution, riots, radicalism, and reform, and literary judgements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Excerpts are presented from The Gentleman's Magazine, an 18th- and early-19th-century English periodical. Selections are organized by topics relating to crime and punishment, medicine, science, natural history, archaeology, preaching the Gospel, news from America, the French Revolution, riots, radicalism, and reform, and literary judgements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Introduction 1
Chapter 1. Crime and Punishment 11
Hanging, Drawing, and Quartering, 1731
Trials by Ordeal for Witchcraft, 1731-59
Sample Sentences, 1731-79
Spousal Abuse, 1732-37
Conspiracy, Abortion, and the Pillory, 1732
Flogging 'round the Fleet, 1735
Justice Deferred at the Reading Assizes: Pin Money and Conjugal Rights, 1735
The Press (Peine Forte et Dure), 1735
Penalty for Suicide, 1735-55
Highway Robbery: The Career of Dick Turpin, 1737-39
The Hanged Man Redivivus: Coming Back to Life on the Anatomist's Table, 1740
Suppression of the Rebellion of the 'Forty-Five, 1746-47
"Horrid Cruelties": Elizabeth Brownrigg's Treatment of Her Apprentices, 1767
Innovation in Hangings: The Newgate Drop, 1783
Hanging and Burning at the Stake, 1786-88
Execution of Robert Watt for High Treason, 1794
The Tread Mill, 1822
Chapter 2. Medicine 51
Tapping for the Dropsy, 1732
Death from Rabies, 1735
Cure for the Bloody Flux, 1736
Rabies Prevention: Killing the Dogs of Edinburgh, 1738
Birth Defects Explained, 1746
Quack Cures, 1752
Cataract Surgery, 1754
Cutting for the Stone, 1754
Leeches for Headache, 1762
Remedy for Bedbugs, 1764
Conditions in Private Madhouses, 1766
The London Mortality Bill, 1767
Cure for Breast Cancer, 1768
Cure for Tubercular Lung Hemorrhages, 1782
Experiment with Blood Transfusion, 1784
Inoculation for Smallpox, 1787
George III and the Onset of Porphyria, 1788-89
Samuel Ayscough's Method for Killing Black Beetles in London Kitchens, 1791
Death of a Tippling Welshman, 1793
Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793
Edward Jenner's Vaccination for Smallpox Announced, 1798-99
Death by Burning, 1799
Death of Queen Caroline, 1821
Cholera Epidemic, 1831
Chapter 3. Science, Natural History, and Archaeology 99
Supposed Capture of a Merman, 1737
The Excavations at Herculaneum, 1743-49
George Smith of Wigton, Cumbria: Traveler, Naturalist, and Proponent of Romanticism of the Sublime, 1748-51
Benjamin Franklin and the Lightning Rod, 1750
Benjamin Franklin's Experiment with the Kite and the Key, 1752
The Gregorian Calendar Reform and the Glastonbury Thorn, 1752-53
The Lisbon Earthquake, 1755
Halley's Comet, 1756-59
Captain James Cook's Voyage in the Endeavour, 1768-71
Rev. John Duncombe's "Curious, and ... Non-Descript, Reptile, ... Uncommonly Large and Beautiful," 1778
William Herschel's Discovery of Uranus ("The Georgian Planet"), 1781
First Balloon Flight in Britain, 1784
The Mutiny on the Bounty, 1789
The Rosetta Stone, 1801-02
Chapter 4. Preaching the Gospel 147
Suppression of Private Mass Houses, 1735-38
John Wesley's Missionary Activities among the Chickasaws, 1736
George Whitefield's Ministry, 1739
The Dimensions and Capacity of Noah's Ark Described, 1749
Anti-Methodist Riots in Norwich, 1752
Consecration of Samuel Seabury, Bishop of Connecticut, 1784
Robert Raikes and the Sunday School Movement, 1784
Chapter 5. The Debates of the Senate of Lilliput 175
The Fall of Sir Robert Walpole, 1741-42
Chapter 6. News from America 191
Oglethorpe's Treaty with the Creek Nation, 1733
Visit of the Chief of the Yamacraw Tribe to George II, 1734
Two Views of Slavery in the Colonies: Suppression of a Slave Uprising on Antigua, 1736; Start-up Costs of a South Carolina Indigo Plantation, 1755
Fire in Charleston, 1740
Raising the Liberty Bell, 1753
Braddock Ambushed near Fort Duquesne, 1755
The Stamp Act, 1765-66
Lexington and Concord, 1775
George Washington's Reception in Philadelphia en Route to His First Inauguration, 1789
Obituary for George Washington, 1799
Chapter 7. The French Revolution 229
The Fall of the Bastille, 1789
The "October Days," 1789
The September Massacres, 1792
The Sentencing of Louis XVI, 1793
The Execution of Louis XVI, 1793
The Death of Robespierre, 1794
The Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Chapter 8. Riots, Radicalism, and Reform 275
The Gordon Riots, 1780
The "Church and King" Riots [Priestley Riots], 1791
The Peterloo Massacre, 1819
The Thistlewood Plot [Cato Street Conspiracy], 1820
The Reform Bill Riots in Bristol, 1831
Chapter 9. Literary Judgments 315
Sir John Fielding's War on The Beggar's Opera, 1773
"A Woman of Uncommon Talents": Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-98
"Such Abominable Trash as Modern Novels," 1808
The Best-Selling Novel of Its Day: Hannah More's Coelebs in Search of a Wife, 1809
"Amusing, if Not Instructive": Jane Austen's Emma, 1816
"No Ordinary Writer": Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, 1818
"An Archangel Ruined": Byron, The Bride of Abydos, Cain, and Don Juan, 1814-22
"We Ought as Justly to Regret the Decease of the Devil": The Death of Shelley, 1822
Bibliography 341
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