Victorian Jokes

An experimental database of Victorian jokes, clipped from the British Library's digital collections. Visit victorianhumour.tumblr.com to see the latest published jokes.

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The Battle of the Nile. Two naval officers were disputing as to the importance of Lord Nelson's victories. They wereunable to agree in opin
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.087243
The Latter. Days of Bonaparte. At the close of the year 1820, Napoleon's health began to fail so as to excite the greatest apprehensions. O
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.099968
An Unrehearsed Stage Effect. A good story is told of a certain actor whose fate it was to represent the inferior personages in the drama, s
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.112232
" What's in a Name." Iremember, says an old writer,a school-fellow of mine who wasa striking instance of the inconvenience ofa remarkableCh
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.123040
The Blessing of Forgiveness. The brave only know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arriv
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.133788
Parenthesis in Prayer. A pastor of a small congregation of dissenters in the west of Scodand, who,in prayer,often employed terms of familia
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.143962
A Piercing Eye. Miss Pope, one evening in the green-room of the theatre, expatiating in all the warmth of her early enthusiasm on the geniu
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.150852
An Americanism. An American paper says, "A neighbour of ours informs us that wood goes further when left out of doors, than when housed:— s
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.161760
The Traveller Outdone. Captain BasilHall, whose written stories have charmed all who have read them, was one day endeavouring to enliven a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.174684
The Vanity of Grand Funerals. The people of England are all extremely fond of expensive funerals, but this is most conspicuous in persons o
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.187218
An Awkward Objection A public-house wife entered her protest, on the occasion of an ordinationof elders, against one of the number, who, sh
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.201802
An Echo in Court. A certain chief justice, on hearing an ass bray, interrupted the late Mr. Curran, in his speech to the jury, by saying, "
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.208052
A Reason for not Attending Church. A zealous, and in his way a very eminent preacher, whose eloquence is as copious, and far more lucid tha
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.219439
Servants in the Olden Time. D"ean Ramsay records the following anecdote in his Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character :"— The charge
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.231990
Only a Mistake of a Letter Mr. H resides in Fourth Street, New York. His wife,who is aneconomical body, had sent a costly silk gown to aFre
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.242856
An Absent Mind. A certain Scottish professor was not more remarkable for his writings on political economy, than for his frequent unconscio
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.254326
An Old Joke Re-faced. An American dramatist, observing to a friend the thinness of the house at one of the plays, added he supposed it was
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.265790
Travel Talk. In the commercialroom of an hotel in a large town in the north, in which were assembled a number of gentlemen engaged in vario
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.276450
Bonaparte's Estimate of British Sailors. "Ihad always a high opinion of your seamen," said Napoleon one day to O'Meara, in a conversation a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.288275
The Best Time for Marriage. The best time for marriage willbe towards thirty, for as the younger times are unfit, either to choose or to go
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.299480
A Woman for a Wife. During a visit to England, the Rev. Robert Story, of Roseneath, was urgently advised by EdwardIrving to pay his address
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.306757
A Doctor's Epitaph Doctor I. Letsome wrote the following epitaph for his own tombstone; but it is not likely that he allowed his friends, o
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.319423
The Road to Kew. Theodore Hook, in the supposedcharacter of a Gower Street undergraduate, says :"One problem was given me to work, which Id
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.326072
An American Love Story. An old gentleman, a merchant, had an only daughter, possessed of the highest attractions,moral,personal, and pecuni
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.337902
A Tough Snuff Story, Mr. Howard Paul, in an account of his trip to the United States, relates an anecdoteof the ingenious skill of the Amer
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.351703
A Tough Snuff Story, Mr. Howard Paul, in an account of his trip to the United States, relates an anecdoteof the ingenious skill of the Amer
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.358135
Salmon versus Sermon. A clergyman inPerthshire, who was more skilful as an angler than popular as a preacher, having fallen into conversati
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.369447
The Right Emphasis Dr. Guthrie, in the course of an address in theNew Free College,remarked that he was often annoyed and vexedbeyond measu
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.379918
Evil-Speaking. Men will refrain from evil-speaking when their fellowmen refrain from evil-hearing. Unknown
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.387558
The Advantagesof History. The villain who hasimposed on mankindby his power or cunning, and whom experience could not unmask for a time, is
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.398569
Sleep. Bulwer Lytton says— "Let youth cherish sleep, the happiest of earthlyboons, while yet it is at their command; for there cometh the d
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.409210
Talking Men and Women. Speaking much is a sign of vanity;for he thatis lavish in words is a niggardin deed. Unknown
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.415306
Curious Sepulture. In the burial register of Lymingtou, Hants,there is the following entry:— "12 August, 1722. This forenoon the body of Sa
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.426213
Curious Advertisement. The following advertisement appeared recently in a daily paper:— To pianoforte makers.— A lady,keeping a first-class
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.437019
Abernethy's Prescription. An Irishman calledin great hasteupon Dr. Abernethy, stating that, "Be jabers, my boy Tim has swallowed a mouse."
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.443697
A Candid Opinion. An Ohio stumper, while making a speech, paused in the midst of it, and exclaimed, "Now, gentlemen, what do you think?" In
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.457986
Quid pro Quo. A Frenchman, meeting an English soldier with a Waterloo medal, began sneeringly to animadvert on the British Government for b
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.469062
Whitfield and the Sailors. When Whitfield preached before the seamen at New York, he used the following bold apostrophe :— "Well, my boys,
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.479565
RowlandHill. Once when preaching at Wapping to a congregation composed chiefly of seafaring men and fisherwomen, he greatly astonished his
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.491585
A " Savant" in the Witness Box. Occasionally— very rarely, it must be owned— the witness is, besides being a man of science, a man of the w
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.503567