Punch,  48 (1865), 73–74.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Pollution, Engineering, Public Health, Medical Practitioners, Physiology, Heat, Railways, Politics, Government

    Praises John Thwaites for his imminent completion of 'the Drains', a feat that will turn the 'breezes of London' into 'balmy breezes'. Notes that the 'Doctor in Roderick Random, who resolved to distil a certain liquid from tinder, by means of animal heat, was a practical philosopher compared to Mr. Punch', were the latter to 'seek to obtain any Essence out of such tinder-like Parliament as that of the past week'. (73) Reports on a new government inquiry 'into the costs of Railway Conveyance' and the reading of bills about new railways. (74)

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