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COVENT GARDEN

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AN EARLY VIEW OF COVENT GARDEN, SHOWING PORTION OF THE LITTLE PIAZZAS (THE SITE OF
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HUMMUM'S HOTEL) ON THE LEFT

ITS ROMANCE AND HISTORY

BY
REGINALD JACOBS

" Where holy friars told their beads,

And nuns confess'd their evil deeds.
But, oh! sad change! Oh! shame to tell
How soon a prey to vice it fell.
How? since its justest appellation
Is Grand Seraglio to the nation."

(Satire, 1766.)

LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL
HAMILTON, KENT & CO. LD.

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