Black Dwarf, 1 (1817), 126–28.
Letters of the Black Dwarf. From the Black Dwarf, in London, to the Yellow Bonze at Japan. Cashman and Castlereagh
The Black Dwarf, pseud. [Thomas J Wooler] *
Regular Feature, Letter, Spoof, News-Commentary
Meteorology, Public Health, Epidemiology
Relates that British seamen are 'always the first to turn out, as they call it, whether to fight, to drink, to dance, or to kick up a row' (126). Explains that the last of these, while not praiseworthy, is 'essential to a free state'. 'No one loves to walk in a tempest; but at the same time, it purifies the atmosphere, and scatters the contagion that would otherwise introduce a general pestilence, and hazard general destruction'. (127)
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