Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Do Not Go to Cambridge, Sir

Remarks upon Remarques (1673), quoted in C.H. Wilkinson, More Diversions: An Anthology (London: Oxford University Press, 1944), p. 30:
Do not go to Cambridge, Sir, there are Alehouses, in which you will be drunk; and there are in those houses notable prinking Wenches, that will captivate you into Marriage, or somewhat like it. There are Tennis-Courts, and Bowling-Greens that will heat you to an excess, and then you will drink cold small Beer and die. There is a River too, in which you will be drowned; and you will study yourself into a Consumption, or break your Brain; and will you go to such a place?

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