Punch,  11 (1846), 226.

A Grateful Country



News-Commentary, Drollery


Chemistry, Patronage, Class

    Reports that the Prime Minister Lord John Russell is unable to grant a pension to the widow of James Marsh, the inventor of a test for arsenic. Shows no surprise at the decision, pointing out that John Bull allows only twelve hundred pounds a year 'for the reward of philosophers, poets, men of science, and such cattle'. Cynically supposes that Mrs Marsh might have been placated by Russell telling her that Cecilia L Underwood (Duchess of Inverness), to whom it was 'absolutely necessary to give [...] one thousand a year', was a more deserving case.

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