ABSTRACT

231Despite this magazine’s bland title, its publisher William Benbow was a radical associate of William Cobbett and had recently served a prison sentence for seditious libel. The magazine might have included articles on the “fine arts, politics, theatrical excellencies, wit, humour, genius, taste, gallantry, and all the gay variety of supreme bon ton” but it also included commentaries on controversial political debates; it was published from 1822 to 1825 and announced its politics and attitudes to morality by printing an engraving of Lord Byron in the frontispiece of its first volume. “Crim. Con.” narratives such as ‘The Cuckold’s Chronicle’ included here were popular tales of adultery and sexual exploits, often including a moral interpretation. Also included here is a frank discussion of the Marriage Act being considered in Parliament.