Punch,  37 (1859), 45.

A Sonnet Upon a Scent





Sanitation, Public Health, Chemistry, Pollution

    Opens by noting that a 'Learnèd chemist' had written in The Times that the 'Thames stink is innocuous', since it is 'mere ammonia'. Wishes the chemist would experience the smell by 'Lodging upon Thames-brink', and 'would bet a pony' against science on the subject of smell. Concludes by upholding the harmful nature of the odour and that 'Thames-mud ain't smelling-salts—pace the Times'.

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