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by Peter Moskos

December 21, 2011

The more things change... December 21, 1829

The Constables are not, in any instance, to ask for a Christmas-box from any of the inhabitants upon their beats; if any money is offered to them as a Christmas-box they must report the circumstances to their superior officer, who will ask permission from the Commissioners for them to receive it as in other cases.
What? No Christmas box?! Somehow it makes me think of the "no fruit cup" line from "High Anxiety."

Source: Metropolitan Police. Instructions Orders &c. &c. 1836. London: W. Clowes & Sons.

[I'm on break. Regular blogging will resume in February.]


immigration solicitors said...

long holidays for you:) enjoy but dont forget to write for us in feb

PCM said...

Not so much holidays as working abroad. And a time to catch up writing that actually pays the rent!

dallas car wreck lawyer said...

I would love to know what's in said Christmas boxes. Those were the days!