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The Autobiography of William Jerdan
William Henry Pyne to William Jerdan, [September? 1820]

Vol. I. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Introductory
Ch. 2: Childhood
Ch. 3: Boyhood
Ch. 4: London
Ch. 5: Companions
Ch. 6: The Cypher
Ch. 7: Edinburgh
Ch. 8: Edinburgh
Ch. 9: Excursion
Ch. 10: Naval Services
Ch. 11: Periodical Press
Ch. 12: Periodical Press
Ch. 13: Past Times
Ch. 14: Past Times
Ch. 15: Literary
Ch. 16: War & Jubilees
Ch. 17: The Criminal
Ch. 18: Mr. Perceval
Ch. 19: Poets
Ch. 20: The Sun
Ch. 21: Sun Anecdotes
Ch. 22: Paris in 1814
Ch. 23: Paris in 1814
Ch. 24: Byron
Vol. I. Appendices
Scott Anecdote
Burns Anecdote
Life of Thomson
John Stuart Jerdan
Scottish Lawyers
Sleepless Woman
Canning Anecdote
Southey in The Sun
Hood’s Lamia
Murder of Perceval
Vol. II. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary
Ch. 2: Mr. Canning
Ch. 3: The Sun
Ch. 4: Amusements
Ch. 5: Misfortune
Ch. 6: Shreds & Patches
Ch. 7: A Character
Ch. 8: Varieties
Ch. 9: Ingratitude
Ch. 10: Robert Burns
Ch. 11: Canning
Ch. 12: Litigation
Ch. 13: The Sun
Ch. 14: Literary Gazette
Ch. 15: Literary Gazette
Ch. 16: John Trotter
Ch. 17: Contributors
Ch. 18: Poets
Ch 19: Peter Pindar
Ch 20: Lord Munster
Ch 21: My Writings
Vol. II. Appendices
The Satirist.
Authors and Artists.
The Treasury
Morning Chronicle
Chevalier Taylor
Foreign Journals
Vol. III. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary Pursuits
Ch. 2: Literary Labour
Ch. 3: Poetry
Ch. 4: Coleridge
Ch 5: Criticisms
Ch. 6: Wm Gifford
Ch. 7: W. H. Pyne
Ch. 8: Bernard Barton
Ch. 9: Insanity
Ch. 10: The R.S.L.
Ch. 11: The R.S.L.
Ch. 12: L.E.L.
Ch. 13: L.E.L.
Ch. 14: The Past
Ch. 15: Literati
Ch. 16: A. Conway
Ch. 17: Wellesleys
Ch. 18: Literary Gazette
Ch. 19: James Perry
Ch. 20: Personal Affairs
Vol. III. Appendices
Literary Poverty
Ismael Fitzadam
Mr. Tompkisson
Mrs. Hemans
A New Review
Debrett’s Peerage
Procter’s Poems
Poems by Others
Poems by Jerdan
Vol. IV. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Critical Glances
Ch. 2: Personal Notes
Ch. 3: Fresh Start
Ch. 4: Thomas Hunt
Ch. 5: On Life
Ch. 6: Periodical Press
Ch. 7: Quarterly Review
Ch. 8: My Own Life
Ch. 9: Mr. Canning
Ch. 10: Anecdotes
Ch. 11: Bulwer-Lytton
Ch. 12: G. P. R. James
Ch. 13: Finance
Ch. 14: Private Life
Ch. 15: Learned Societies
Ch. 16: British Association
Ch. 17: Literary Characters
Ch. 18: Literary List
Ch. 19: Club Law
Ch. 20: Conclusion
Vol. IV. Appendix
Gerald Griffin
W. H. Ainsworth
James Weddell
The Last Bottle
N. T. Carrington
The Literary Fund
Letter from L.E.L.
Geographical Society
Baby, a Memoir
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My dear Sir,

“If I had known that you were most pleased with that style of gossiping which you speak so kindly of, I would have confined myself to the course you recommend;

* His splendid work on the Royal Residences, mentioned in volume ii., is an elaborate example; but his facile pencil so ready and true in seizing every quaint and characteristic form or feature, as illustrated in his Microcosm of London, and other productions which gave celebrity to Ackerman’s Repository, were still more captivating proofs of his genius in

but I fancied greater variety might appear by what I intended, namely, to excite in the readers a little of the antiquarian feeling, which would give a greater relish to the dessert. Now, agreeable to this plan, I had arranged my walk as follows:—

“To take a slight peep in St. Margaret’s Church, and pass on to Old St. Martin’s Church, of which little is known. To have given some quaint epitaphs introduced with chit-chat about costume, with an attempt at some original remarks—pointed ones. I had addressed it to the inhabitants of that extensive parish, telling them what distinguished predecessor parishioners they had, as many of the painters of Charles I. and II. were buried there. Then to have proceeded to Covent Garden in the same gossiping style,—another church for the interment of painters. Promising that after showing what geniuses and oddities have lived in these neighbourhoods—what caused the change of manners, &c., &c, and then introduce Old Slaughters, and Hogarth’s club there. The old academy there (St. Martin’s Lane). The establishment of King Charles I. Academy at the house, late the Royal Hotel Covent Garden. Tom King’s, Button’s, Will’s, and other coffee-houses in the same parish. And all the taverns, hotels, and smoking shops, right on through the city. In short, I wished to give a sketch of the manners from Charles I. to the age of Pope and Arbuthnot, and all such worthies, giving the readers notice of the reason for the apparent digression. I think the St. Margaret’s, and St. Martin’s, and Covent Garden would be new. There will be no lack of gossiping

the arts. It was delightful to lounge out with him on a summer day, imbibe his conversation, and watch the execution of a dozen humorous and most faithful sketches, of beggars, brewers, milkmaids, children at play, animals, odd-looking trees, or gates, or buildings—in short, of all curious or picturesque objects and everything else.

as we go on. I have got a very faithful history of Exeter Change, and a budget of conversations about the Old Society of Painters, and the founding of the Royal Academy.

“This, in great haste, from
“Yours most truly,
W. H. PYNE.”