Excerpt from Doings in London, or Day and Night Scenes of the Frauds, Frolics, Manners, and Depravities of the Metropolis: With Thirty-Three Engravings
Mentor, to alienate you from your intended project, but I must warn you of the doings in London, of the dlﬂiculties you will have 'to encounter. Be tenacious with whom you associate; form not hasty connections choose your friends among the wise, and your wife among the virtuous. Mentor thus gave him instruction, and so excited his wishes, that Peregrine regretted the necessity of sleep, and longed till the morning should commence his pleasures. It was agreed that they should breakfast the next morning at the Castle and Falcon, Aldersgate Street, it being the inn where Peregrine intended to reside: to this appointment Peregrine was punctual; they conversed over the news of the day while at breakfast, and, when it was over, Peregrine proposed that they should instantly commence their ramble. But, said Mentor, before we begin our walks through London - this vast em porium of happiness and misery, splendour and wretchedness, the mart of all the world, the residence of the voluptuous and the frugal, the idle and the busy, the merchant and the man of learn ing, - it may be well to give you a short sketch of some of its ih teresting particulars. Notwithstanding politicians and legislators have at various times expressed considerable alarm at the growth of the metropolis, it has still continued advancing, amidst all im pediments and interruptions, to a most gigantic size. Conjecture even dares not fix its limits, for every succeeding year we see some waste ground in the suburbs reclaimed and covered with dwellings; some little village or hamlet in the suburbs united by a continuous street to the metropolis until what once, and that at no remote period, was London and its environs, is now one great compact city, likely to verify the prediction of James the First, that England will shortly be London, and London England. By the census of 1821, London, including the borough of South Wark, contained the vast number of houses, and 3437 other houses were then building; and, when we consider that every month brings a large addition, it probably could not be too much to estimate the metropolis as at present containing houses nor are its limits likely to st0p here, but to be extended considerably in succeeding ages.
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