Friday, July 18, 2008

Everything old is new again. On line.

(With apologies to Peter Allen)

Like this - now familiar - Budget critique:

"The Budget is passed; and it only remains for those whom it is designed to rob to use every means in their power to resist the gross injustice... and the fraudulent cruelty, that this political juggler is inflicting on the poor."

It is a response to the British budget of 1869 from the satirical weekly Tomahawk.

Colin Steele of the ANU found it for me on the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse), a new free fully-searchable online collection of nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers, presently in beta.

It is even indexed for people, places, institutions, and subjects.

Right now I am reading the 1858 English Woman’s Journal.

Also in it are the Monthly Repository (1806-1837), the Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Northern Star (1838-1852), Leader (1850-1860) and the Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890).

The website is

Start browsing here.