London; Or Truth without Treason. c. 1800
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London; Or Truth without Treason. c. 1800


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This image shows a small broadsheet, 'London; or truth without treason', and has an engraving of Westminster Bridge on the front. It contains a description of London in statistical terms with such 'facts' given as "50,000 common prostitutes, about 3000 receivers of stolen goods and 10,000 servants at all times out of place.

This broadsheet was printed in York, probably for a local audience. Readers could marvel at the enormous scale of everything in London without having to travel there: the six hundred thousand pounds of butter consumed annually, the five hundred boat loads of cod, haddock and whiting eaten, the 980 thousand gallons of milk drunk and the "20,000 persons [who] rise every morning without knowing how they are going to subsist during the day".




1800 AD - 1800 AD

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