Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 475–82.

Ideal Houses

[John Hollingshead]




Progress, Conservatism, Gas Chemistry, Telegraphy, Railways, Invention

    Although full of 'sentiments, fancies, and prejudices in favour of the past' (477), the author claims to be 'not a "fogey"' and willingly accepts the trappings of modernity with which 'the gods provide me'. He states, 'I have no prejudices against gas; though I wish it could be supplied without so much parochial quarrelling. It may generate poison, as certain chemists assert; but it certainly generates too many pamphlets and public meetings. I use the electric telegraph; I travel by railway; and I am thankful to their inventors and originators. The moment, however, I leave the railway, I plunge rapidly into the past'. (476)


Hollingshead 1900

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