Eleven Inches high.—Two Wild Indians from the Malay
Islands in the East,"
and other wonders. One of these
Miss Hipson; the Female Dwarf; and the Malay.
"Only a penny—only a penny, walk up—pray walk up." So
called out a man with a loud voice, on an elevated
stage, while a long drum and hurdy-gurdy played away; I
complied with the invitation, and went in to see what
the show-cloths described, "MISS HIPSON, the
Middlesex Wonder; the Largest Child in the Kingdom, when
young the Handsomest Child in the World.—The Persian
Giant.—The Fair Circassian with Silver Hair.—The Female
Dwarf, Two Feet,
Wild Indians" had figured
outside the show, in the posture represented in the
engraving; in that position he was sketched by an artist
who accompanied me into the show, and who there drew the
"little lady" and the "gigantic child," Miss Hipson.
a company had collected, they were shown from the floor
of a caravan on wheels, one side whereof was taken out,
and replaced by a curtain, which was either drawn to, or
thrown back as occasion required. After the audience had
dispersed, I was permitted by the proprietor of the
show, Nicholas Maughan, of Ipswich, Suffolk, to go
"behind the curtain," where the artist completed his
sketches, while I entered into conversation with the
persons exhibited. Miss Hipson, only twelve years of
age, is remarkably gigantic, or rather corpulent, for
her age, pretty, well-behaved, and well-informed; she
weighed sixteen stone a few months before, and has since
increased in size; she has ten brothers and sisters,
nowise remarkable in appearance: her father, who is
dead, was a bargeman at Brentford. The name of the
"little lady" is Lydia Walpole, she was born at
Addiscombe, near Yarmouth, and is sociable, agreeable,
and intelligent. The fair Circassian is of pleasing
countenance and manners. The Persian giant is a
good-natured, tall, stately negro. The two Malays could
not speak English, except, however, three words, "drop
o' rum," which they repeated with great glee. One of
them, with long hair reaching below the waist, exhibited
the posture of drawing a bow; Mr. Maughan described them
as being passionate, and showed me a severe wound on his
finger which the little one, in the engraving, had given
him by biting, while he endeavoured to part him and his
countryman , during a quarrel a few days ago. A "female
giant" was one of the attractions to this exhibition,
but she could not be shown for illness: Miss Hipson
described her to be a very good young woman.
was an appearance of ease and good condition, with
content of mind, in the persons composing this show,
which induced me to put several questions to them, and I
gathered that I was not mistaken in my conjecture. They
described themselves as being very comfortable, and that
they were taken great care of, and well treated by the
proprietor, Mr. Maughan, and his partner in the show.
The "little lady" had a thorough good character from
Miss Hipson as an affectionate creature; and it seems
the females obtained exercise by rising early, and being
carried into the country in a post-chaise, where they
walked and thus maintained their health. This was to me
the most pleasing show in the Fair.
Above Excerpt form a visit to
the Bartholomew Fair.
1825. On this day, Monday the 5th, the Fair was resumed,
when the editor of the Every-Day Book accurately
surveyed it throughout. From his notes made on the spot he
reports the following particulars of what he there observed.
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