Punch,  59 (1870), 24–25.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Politics, Government, Engineering, Vaccination, Medical Treatment, Telegraphy, Religion

    Notes William Tite's announcement that the Thames Embankment will be completed in two years' time using millstone grit. Also notes a bill for abolishing the poaching act of 1862 and discusses a vaccination debate in which Henry A Bruce adhered to the principle of compulsory vaccination and organised a committee to 'consider how that can be best enforced with due regard to the wishes of the people' (24). The writer also ridicules prelates for forgetting that, 'with the telegraphs established all over England (except in idiotic towns where the people are afraid of their twopenny secrets being known to the postmaster or postmistress)', they could better inform rural parishes of the changes laid out in the new lectionary.

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