Survey of London
News-Commentary, Drollery; Illustration, Drollery
J L, pseud. [John Leech] *
Mapping, Sanitation, Instruments, Military Technology
Discusses the 'alarm' caused amongst Londoners by the 'appearance of soldiers' undertaking surveying work in preparing to level the metropolis 'at the request of the Sanitary Commissioners'. The illustration shows an elderly lady being shocked by the sight of a Royal Engineer using a theodolite. The engineer explains that it is only a 'dumpy leveller', and although the woman is relieved to learn that the instrument is not a 'blunderbust', she asks the soldier not to fire it.
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