Ding-Ding --- Seconds Out
From Egan to A J Liebling, from Jon Bee to William Hazlitt, and from Lord Byron to Charles Dickens. It's standing room only.
These are merely the opening sparring feints. Here comes 'the Fancy', and the idiosyncratic meanderings of the 'flash' writers.
'We have a sense of plethora upon us, that may perhaps scare us into dullness, or eventually reduce us to meagreness of detail. How shall we break cover?'
('A Young Gentleman of the Fancy' writing in Egan's Book of Sports, 1832)