Punch,  58 (1870), 33.

New Curiosities of Literature



Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery


Invention, Nutrition, Meteorology, Medical Treatment

    Droll observations on literary sources of invention. Begins by claiming that the 'original inventor of steel-pens was the founder of Pen-Sylanvia', and claims that 'Not the least useful of the "Century of Inventions" was the celebrated Worcester Sauce, first devised by the Marquis in a dream, while attending the festival of the Three Choirs in the city from whence he and his condiment derived their title'. Claims that the name of Charles Macintosh will be immortal 'so long as it continues to rain', that Edmund Spenser invented 'another article of dress', and that in the library at Apothecaries' Hall there is a 'manuscript account, in cipher' in Samuel Pepys's hand 'of his discovery of Pepsine during a long walk in the country'.

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