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A History of the Cries of London by Hindley

And Life and Times of James Catnach


His church, for which he felt such admiration, Was deck'd with flow'rs and evergreens that morn, In praise to Christ, who died for our salvation, And deign'd as a weak infant to be born.

Ah! little did we think that happy morning-- So truly, bravely kept he at his post-- When next a Sabbath came, to us his warning And kind, yet noble, presence would be lost.

That solemn sound, which tells of souls departed, Took the glad place of that which calls to prayer, And his loved people, shocked and broken-hearted, Could hardly enter, for _he_ was not there.

But when they heard it was his last desire That they should meet at midnight as was said, They met by thousands, mov'd with holy fire, And spoke in whispers of their shepherd--_dead_.

No, no, not dead, but calm in Jesus sleeping; Free from all sorrow, all reproach, all pain: And though he leaves a congregration weeping Their earthly loss is his eternal gain.

He loved the weak, and all the mute creation, In generous deeds he ever took his part; At Death, the _thrice_-repeated word _Salvation_ Showed the firm trust of that true, tender heart.

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Again we meet: they come his coffin bringing

Midst solemn chant, and deck'd with purest flowers, And feel, whilst we his own sweet hymn are singing, The joy is _his_, the sad rememberance _ours_. Mrs. HILDRETH.

At the sale of the HUGO COLLECTION, I purchased among many others:--

LOT 405. London Cries, also used in Newcastle and York Cries, two very pretty series of early Cries, some with back-grounds, from Hodgson's office, and R. Robinson, Newcastle--[51 _blocks_],

To carry out the suggestion before-mentioned, and to utilize the very pretty series of fifty-one woodcuts as above, and other Bewick, Bewickiana, and _ultra anti_-Bewickian woodcut blocks I possess, formed and accumulated by reason of my published works: "The Catnach Press," 1868. "Curiosities of Street Literature," 1871. And "Life and Times of James Catnach," 1878.

In collecting information on the subject of "The Cries of London--Ancient and Modern," I have availed myself of all existing authorities within reach, and therefore, to prevent the necessity of continual reference, here state that I have drawn largely from Charles Knight's "London." Mayhew's "London Labour and the London Poor." Hone's "Every-Day Book." An article on Old London Cries, in "Fraser's Magazine." "Cuthbert Bede." Mr. Edwin Goadby's "The England of Shakespeare,"--an excellent Text Book, forming one of Cassell's Popular Shilling Library. "Our Milk Supply," from the columns of _The Daily Telegraph_. Charles Manby Smith's "Curiosities of London Life," and his "Little World of London." And what from various other sources was suitable for my purpose.

To the one lady, and many gentlemen friends who have responded to my enquiries for advice, material, and assistance, and by which they have so greatly enriched the contents of this volume, I beg to express my best thanks. I must in a more particular manner mention the names of--the one lady first--Mrs. Rose Hildreth; then Mr. John Furbor Dexter, Mr. William Mansell; next Messrs. W. H. & L. Collingridge, the Proprietors of _The City Press_, Aldersgate-street, London, for the use of the following woodcuts that have appeared in the pages of their ever-entertaining work, "Y{e} OLD CITY," by Aleph.: 1.--Shakespeare's London; 2.--Aldersgate; 3.--Cheapside Cross; 4.--Old Stage Waggon; 5.--Baynard's Castle; 6.--Old London Shop; 7.--St. Pauls Cathedral. I have also to express my cordial thanks to Messrs. Longman, Green & Co., who kindly allowed the use of 1.--Colebrook Cottage; 2.--The Old Queen's Head; and 3.--Canonbury Tower. From Howitt's "Northern Heights of London." Messrs. Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly: 1.--Charles Lamb's House, Enfield; 2.--House at Edmonton, where Charles Lamb died; 3.--Edmonton Church. Messrs. Marks and Sons, Publishers of all kinds of Fancy Stationery, Toy-books, Valentines, &c., 72, Houndsditch, for the eight blocks used in their "Cries of London," at pages 351 to 358. Messrs. Goode, Toy-book Manufacturers, Clerkenwell Green. Mr. John W. Jarvis, Mr. William Briggs, Mr. G. Skelly, Alnwick, and Dr. David Morgan, Brighton.


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