Mirror of Literature,  8 (1826), 186–87.

The Delights of Cheltenham



Extract, Letter, Fiction, Drollery

Publications extracted:

London Magazine



    A letter from Bridget Oozeley to Miss Fanny Stumps details the former's experiences since her arrival at Cheltenham from Cheapside, London. She observes: 'You will say, Fan, that I am grown very witty, but it is all the effect of Cheltenham water, that exilarates the spirits and expells ill umours' (186). It becomes apparent that she has been plied with strong spirits in the guise of the waters by a young man. She reports that, after only a week on the 'water-course', the 'fashionable rash' in her face has 'almost vanished', she has 'no further use for Rowland's Kalydor', has almost lost her squint, and has had her red hair change colour 'to a nut-brown'.

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