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THOMAS WALKER (1784—1836)

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 274 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS WALKER (1784—1836), English police magistrate, best known as author of The Original, was born on the loth of October 1784 at Charlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester, where his father was a prosperous cotton merchant and an active Whig politician. He was educated at Cambridge and called to the bar, and after devoting some years mainly to the study of the Poor Law was made police magistrate in Lambeth in 1829. In 1835 he started his weekly publication The Original, containing his reflections on various social subjects and especially on eating and drinking; and it is in the history of gastronomy, and the art of dining, that this curious and amusing work is famous. The weekly numbers continued for six months, and subsequently were republished, after Walker's death on the loth of January 1836, in an American selection (1837), in editions by W. B. Jerrold (with memoir) (1874), W. A. Guy (1875), and Henry Morley (1887), and in another selection of Sir Henry Cole (" Felix Summerley "), called Aristology (1881). Distance. Name. Time. Date. — Place. 1 mile A. T. Yeomans. hr. min. sec. 1906 Bath 6 19- 2 miles A. T. Yeomans. 12 53i 1906 Swansea 3 „ J. W. Raby (profes- sional) 20 211 1883 Lillie Bridge 4 „ G. E. Larner . . 27 14 1905 Brighton 5 W. Raby 35 10 1883 Lillie Bridge to J. W. Raby . . 1 14 45 1883 Lillie Bridge 15 „ J. W. Raby . . 1 55 56 1883 Lillie Bridge 20 „ W. Perkins . . 2 39 57 1877 Lillie Bridge 30 „ J. Butler . . . 4 29 52 1905. Putney 40 J. Butler . . . 6 11 17 1905 Putney 50 „ J. Butler 7 52 27 1905 Putney loo „ T. E. Hammond . 17 25 22 1907 London to Brighton and back
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