Punch,  17 (1849), 49.

Law, Filth, and Physic

Statim Sumendus


Letter, Spoof


Public Health, Sanitation, Medical Practitioners, Commerce, Class

    Argues that the 'aristocratic houses' in Belgravia are resting on hotbeds of 'pestilential vapours' produced by 'defective sewers'. Identifying himself as an apothecary, the writer complains that his trade in selling substances to his high-class customers will be threatened by the removal of the 'effluvia' from the sewers. Demands compensation 'if the filth I live upon be removed'.

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