Punch,  40 (1861), 232.

Clay in Paper



News-Commentary, Drollery


Chemistry, Adulteration, Periodicals, Nationalism, Analytical Chemistry, Religious Authority

    Responds to a letter in The Times by Frederick Penny, who claims to have discovered large quantities of clay in 'foreign papers' (Penny 1861). Punch complains that it too has found much dark 'mud' and 'dirt' in such foreign papers as the L'Univers, much of which is flung at England. Adds that the only 'clay' it discovered in a paper was the 'C. M. Clay' who wrote to The Times. Concludes by noting that it has sent Penny a copy of the Morning Advertiser which Punch hopes he will analyse, and which it expects will be found to contain much white clay. Adds that it decided against sending Penny the Tablet on the grounds that it consists mostly of 'Jesuit's Bark'.

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