Punch,  53 (1867), 123–24.

A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III—A Relative—Necessary Preparations for Exhibiting Tableau of "My Funny Friend"  [5/25]



Diary, Spoof, Serial


Pollution, Manufactories, Human Development, Disease, Government

    Begins by describing his case for inspectors under the new 'Olfactory Act for the Better Regulation of Registers (Chimneys) and the Prevention of Infantile Overworking', and explains that he has been hired by a 'wise and enlightened Government' to inspect chimneys and the heath of child labourers. Notes that his friends questioned his credentials for undertaking these tasks and explains that although he did not gain his positions through 'nepotism', he did have to pass an examination which tested knowledge of foreign and classical languages, history, and arithmetic. (123) Explains that his position as a government official enables him to avoid his great aunt.

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