Old Christmas Recalled - online book

Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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" I like them well—the curious preciseness And all-pretended gravity of those That seek to banish hence these harmless sports, Have thrust away much ancient honesty.
"The nation," continued he, "is altered; we have almost lost our simple true-hearted pea­santry. They have broken asunder from the higher classes, and seem to think their interests
are separate. They have become too knowing, and begin to read newspapers, listen to alehouse politicians, and talk of reform. I think one mode to keep them in good humour in these hard times
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