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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Anecdote of Lord Jeffrey. When the late Lord Jeffrey was an advocate, he occasionally paid Dumfries a professional visit. On one occasion,h
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.929019
A Witty Sentry. A lieutenantof the iothUnitedStates Infantry recently met with a sad rebuff at FortKearney. The lieutenant was promenading
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.940557
Happiness. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness. A peasant has not a capacity for having equal happiness with
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.951915
A Mot by an Ambassadress. Not very long ago, the Emperor Napoleon's carriagehorses took fright during a drive from Fontainebleau. They were
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.959470
Not Time Enough. A correspondent of a Nashville papertells a storyabout a person who was going to Chattanooga onthe railroad. When the trai
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.970606
An Editor Overcome. Newspaper people, says an Ameiican journalist, are proveibially temperate as wellas virtuous. We believe, however, one
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.982244
Fishing in Scotch Lakes. We are indebted to Blackwood's Magazine for the following:— In passing the rivers Awe and Urchy we heardgreat comp
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:15.993738
Mirth. Harmless mirth is the best cordialagainst the consumption of the spirits : wherefore jesting is not unlawful,if it trespasseth not i
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.013067
Dr. Johnson on Punning. Iremember, many years ago, says a correspondent of Notes and Queries, reading an anecdote of Johnson's dislike to p
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.023529
Cobbett's Courtship. It is recorded in Chambers's "Book of Days," that while inNew Brunswick,Cobbettmet the girl whobecame his wife. He fir
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.034832
Letter-Writing. Who has not laughed at the story of the letter-writer, who concludes:"Iwould say more but for an impudent Irishman who is l
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.045562
Living in the Bye-Laws. Speaking of General Hinks, an American says :— "That he lives in spite of wounds that would kill another man, remin
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.056688
A Soldier'sExcuse for Declining a Duel. "What, you're afraid then !" "Yes,Iam— you're right; Iam afraid to sin, but not to fight. Ifear not
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.063174
The Grimaldi of Fashionable Life. Captain Gronow, in his " Reminiscences," says:— Colonel Mackinnon, commonly called "Dan," was an exceedin
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.074076
The Love of God. Could we with ink the ocean fill ; Were the whole earth of parchment made j Were every single stick a quill, And eveiy man
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.085147
An Amiable Young Lady. A Caledonian newspaper, in an obituay of a young lady, who lately died, closed by saying, "She had an amiable temper
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.091641
The Journey of Life. Human life is the journey of a day; we rise in the morning of youth,full of vigour,and full of expectation; we set for
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.104377
Napoleon's Indifference to Orthography. As showing Bonaparte's carelessness as to correctness in writingand spelling,Las Cases says :— " On
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.118026
A Means of Livelihood. "The most winning player Iever knew," says Sir E.B. Lytton, "was a good,but not a first-rateplayer, and, playing sma
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.129018
A Lawyer's Charity. A poor Irish barrister, who had more brains than briefs, had,from too social habits,lost his practice, and, by-and-by,
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.139802
How Singers are Paid. Malibran, at Drury Lane, under Bunn's management, received Ł150 each night. The sameprice was paid to Lablache for tw
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.150495
An Incident of the American War. During General Birney's raid through Florida, a bright little girl was found alone at one house, her paren
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.161387
Yankee Notions. Boasting of a visit he had paid to the Queen at Windsor, a Yankee clinched his remarks by declaring— " I should have been i
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.171851
An Englishman's Blunders. Among the many English (says Captain Gronow, in his "Reminiscences,") whovisitedParis in 18 15, was Alderman Wood
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.182268
Proof against Headache. An elderly gentleman, travelling in a stage-coach, was amused by the constant fire of words kept up between two lad
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.192409
An Appropriate Toast At an election dinner at Kidderminster— a place celebrated for its manufacture of carpets— this toast was proposed by
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.198745
Dr. Johnson's Reflections on Ranelagh. As Xerxes wept when he viewed his immense army, and considered that not one of that multitude wouldb
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.209036
A Witty Reply. A barrister came into court one day with his wig all awry, which caused a general titter amongst his brother lawyers and the
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.219837
A Yankee Stake-Holder. An individual at the races was staggering about the track with more liquor than hecould carry. "Hallo, what's the ma
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.226048
An Ingenuous Reply. A lady at , whose friends had arrived unexpectedly, got up an impromptu dinner party, and wascompelled to send to the n
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.236561
A Regular Man. A little time ago a landlord,who was talkingboastingly about his customers, said, "Mr is the mostregular customer Ihave; he
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.247040
The Cart before the Horse. De Quincey says— If once a man indulges himself in murder,vey soon he conies to think little of robbing ; and fr
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.253302
A Joke of Dr. Goodall's. Captain Gronow,speaking ofDr. Goodall,says— This gentleman was proverbially fond of punning. About the same time t
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.263989
A Slight Alteration. Cowper's celebrated line— "England! with all thy faults, Ilove thee still," was thus parodied by a whisky-loving Irish
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.270361
A Polite Carpenter. A county carpenter havingneglected to make a gibbet (which was orderedby the executioner), on theground that he had not
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.281644
Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties. During a considerable partof the time in which Savage wasemployeduponhis tragedy of Sir Thomas Ove
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.292366
Death a Leveller. Let not thegrandeur of any man's station render him proud and wilful; but let him remember, when he is surrounded with a
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.299310
Napoleon'sMode of Living at St.Helena. Describing the food which was placed on his table to his physician, Dr. Antommarchi, he said— Physic
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.310095
Which is the Master ? A Scottish minister, being one day engagedin visiting some members of his flock, cameto the doorof a house where his
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.321390
The Modesty of Greatness. There is, among the records of Newton, a sentence in the spirit of Shakspeare :— "Idon't know whatImay seem to th
The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
1880
2014-10-30 16:26:16.332489