Punch,  36 (1859), 248.

The Common Lot and Wimbledon Common



News-Commentary, Drollery


Environmentalism, Utility, Government

    Discusses a Surrey Comet report of the proposed closure of Wimbledon Common. Thinks this would be a 'deplorable event', not least because it furnishes weeds, beetles, butterflies, and rare birds for the enjoyment of botanists, entomologists, and ornithologists. Concludes by hoping that a 'brutal utilitarian' will not convert 'the whole of beautiful England into a hot-bed whereon to raise crops of human beings' and urges the House of Commons to protect Wimbledon Common.

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