Henry Mayhew (November 25 1812 - July 25 1887) was an English journalist and advocate of reform, one of the two founders of the satirical and humorous magazine Punch (magazine), and the magazine's joint-editor, with Mark Lemon, for its beginning days.
Despite the founding of Punch (magazine), he is most famous now for his extensive series of newspaper articles in the Morning Chronicle, in which he carried out a survey of the poor of L
All who pass along the thoroughfares of the Metropolis, bestowing more than a cursory glance upon the many phases of its busy street life, must be struck with astonishment to observe the various modes of conveyance, used by those who resort to the public thoroughfares for a livelihood.
But though such be my ultimate object, let me here confess that my immediate aim is the elimination of the truth; without this, of course, all other principles must be sheer sentimentality - sentiments being, to my mind, opinions engendered by the feelings rather than the judgment.
In the hope of obtaining a bird's-eye view of the port, I went up to the Golden Gallery that is immediately below the ball of St. Paul's. It was noon, and an exquisitely bright and clear spring day; but the view was smudgy and smeared with smoke.
Park women, properly so called, are those degraded creatures, utterly lost to all sense of shame, who wander about the paths most frequented after nightfall in the Parks, and consent to any species of humiliation for the sake of acquiring a few shillings.