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The way we were: moving with the times

Extracts from memoirs and works on changes in British customs

By Ian Irvine   January 2012

High Change in Bond Street (1796) by James Gillray

Poet and singer Thomas Moore writes about the manners of the 1780s in his 1825 life of the dramatist Sheridan:

Without any disparagement of the manly and useful talents, which are at present nowhere more conspicuous than in the upper ranks of society, it may be owned that for wit, social powers, and literary accomplishments, the political men of the period under consideration formed such an association as it would be flattery to say our own times can parallel. The natural tendency of the excesses of the French Revolution was to…

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