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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Modern Fashions. We (says a New York paper) had the curiosity the other day to make a note of the articles attached to a lady's dress, the
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.515451
Birds and Insects. The cawing rookis the smallestof the crow tribe. He is a true insect-destroyer. The cornix, or real crow,v/ill kill youn
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.529092
In the Midst of Life we are in Death. A very singular occurrence was noticed in the 10th Massachusetts regiment at the siege of Petersburg.
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.540490
The Future. Prognostications are a notable proof of the wild curiosity of our nature, grasping at and anticipating future things, as if we
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.552025
Poverty. Povertyis, except where there is an actual want of food and raiment, a thing much moreimaginary than real. The shame of poverty— t
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.559111
Seeing through Him. The Cure of St. Sulpice, Paris, wishing to induce the octagenarian millionaire, Samuel Bernard, to leave a large sum of
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.570508
A Choice Wind. Dean Ramsay, in his "Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character," relates this incident :— In one of our northern counties
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.581760
The English Guards at Waterloo. Captain Gronow says :— The Guards had what in modern battues is called a hot corner of it, and the greatest
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.592537
A Left-handedCompliment. "Iowe you one," said a withered old CSlebs to a lady the other night at a party. "For what?" said she. " " Why, fo
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.603667
Wedlock. The married man is like the bee, that fixes his hive, augments the world, benefits the republic, and by a daily diligence, without
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.610100
Sheridan at a Westminster Election. Mr. Timbs, in his " Wits and Humorists" relates the following anecdote:— Towards the close of the elect
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.621754
Too Much at Once. Lord Chesterfield one day, at an inn wherehe dined, complained very much that the plates and dishes were very dirty. The
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.633475
An American Innkeeper. Old Rowe kept a hotel, where, as he used to say, you could get anything that was ever made to eat. One day in came a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.644640
Thoughts on Reading. For general improvement, a man should read whatever hisimmediate inclination prompts him to ;though, to be sure, if a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.655300
Napoleon's Love for his Soldiers. "For a sovereign who has worn two crowns, Iam poor, my dear count," said Napoleon to Las Cases, at St. He
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.662086
Education of Children. In the education of children, there is nothing like alluring the appetites andaffection; otherwise youmake so many a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.673554
Death— should it be feared ? Death is a part of life. It is nothing more than the negation of life. If life,therefore, be no general good,
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.684203
Birth-Place of Newton. The clergyman of aparish, not thirty miles from Glasgow, a very old gentleman, and altogether of the old school, hav
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.694877
Definition of a Soldier. Dean Swift defined a soldier as a being hired to killin cold blood as many of his own species, who have never offe
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1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.701520
Hardly a Coat to his Back. Poor H ,the comedian, once so well known in the Manchester and Liverpool theatres, having called ina doctor duri
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.712635
How Dr.Johnson wooed. When Dr. Johnson asked the Widow Porter to be his wife,he told her candidly that he had no money, and that his uncle
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.723635
The Republic of Letters Tom Hood suggested that the phrase "republic of letters" was hit upon to insinuate that, taking the whole lot of au
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.730170
The Pleasure of Paying. It removes that uneasiness whicha true spirit feels from dependence and obligation. It affords pleasure to the cred
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.741550
Classical Quotation by Ingoldsby. Ihappened, at dinner,says a writerinNotes andQueries, to sit next to the lamented gentleman so well known
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.753003
Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit. The following admirableriddle was quoted many years ago inNotes andQueries. The authorship of it seems to be involved
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.759166
A ConditionalPrayer. At the timethat the war was raging on the Continent, an honest woman, who had a son in the army, was much concerned ab
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.770413
Napoleon's Hatredof Sir Hudson Lowe. ""Iunderstand," said Napoleon to one of his attendants, that this governorproposed an officer should e
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.781112
Chemical Diatribes. Chemists, natural philosophers, and mathematicians,are all of the genus irritabile;the first class especially are remar
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.793133
A Bill-sticker turned Actor. Bob Palmer, the comedian, had been originally a billsticker, which was pretty generally known among theatrical
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.803591
Solitude. Crowded towns and busy societies may delight the unthinking and the gay,but solitude is the best nurse of wisdom. In solitude the
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.814358
Division of Labour. First Paviour: "Bill, wat's diwision of labour, as they talksabout ?" SecondPaviour: "It meansyouheaves the rammer, and
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.821442
The Sick Minister. A venerable divine,who,in his day and generation, was remarkablefor his primitive and abstinent mode of life, at length
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.832998
Chemical Analysis. A Scotch laird, on a market-day in Kilmarnock, went into a tavern with a friend, and ordered some whisky. The waiter, wh
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.844125
A Black "Nigger." A little boy one day ran to his father, and said, " O father! IVe just seen theblackest nigger that ever was!" "How black
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.851005
A Test of Memory. A gentleman had so bad a memory, and so circumscribed, that he scarce knew whathe read. A friend, knowing this, lent him
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.863377
A Luxurious Campaigner. Captain Gronow, inhis "Reminiscences," relates asfollows of a luxury-loving officer :— He was surrounded by muletee
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.874728
An Advertisement. The following remarkable advertisement appeared in a newspaper recently:— " Poacher wanted. Wanted a thoroughly experienc
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.885839
Phrenology at Fault. After Professor Porson's death, his head was dissected, when, to the confusion of craniologists and the consolation of
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.896472
Gambling. It is possible that a wiseand goodman may be prevailed onto game; but it is impossible that a professed gamester should be a wise
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.909785
Rather too Fast. Abernethy, while canvassing for the office of surgeon "toSt.Bartholomew's Hospital,called upon arich grocer. "Isuppose,sir
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.916680