A Very Un-Gentlemanly Advertisement

The following appeared in the Glasgow Advertiser in March 1814. Its veracity has not, I’m afraid, been verified.

INFAMOUS ADVERTISEMENT.

(From the Examiner of February 20.)

A Lady, with a zeal for decorum be coming her sex and country, has sent us the following extract from a Daily Paper. It requires no comment; and its publication, we trust, will prevent the necessity of any comment in future: Copy of an Advertisement which appeared in the Morning Advertiser of Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1814:”Wanted, a handsome young Mistress, who will be well taken care of. Address, with all particulars, to A. B., Two penny PostOffice, to be called for. Wardour-street, Soho-square.”

(From the Examiner of Feb. 27th.)

Mr. EXAMINER. I should esteem it a great favour, if you would have the goodness to allow me, through the medium of the Examiner, to rub off the stain which the Advertisement for a Handsome Young Mistress, noticed in the Examiner of last Sunday, is calculated to fix on me .A person came into my shop, having the appearance of a Gentleman, saying he was about to put an Advertisement into the papers, and requested permission to have applications (by letter) addressed there, for A. B; his request was readily granted. I suppose he wanted a cook, or a coachman, or that a dog or a pocket book had been lost or found; nor had I the remotest idea of the nature of the Advertisement, till after it had been inserted, read, and its author execrated, by some thousands of people in town and country.

As a man in business, having some pretensions to respectability as a father of a young family, and as a member of society, I conceived it my indispensible duty, not only to clear myself, but to find out the name and residence of the offender, and hold him up to the light. The public will be somewhat surprised to find, that this personage is called the Honourable Mr. Murray; he lives at 29, Great Titchfield-street. I hope this discovery and exposure will induce the gentleman to aim at something more becoming his title, in future, than violating public morals, or abusing the common offices of civility.

I have the honour to be, most respectfully, Sir, your very humble servant,

THOMAS DOLBY.

Two-Penny Post Office, Wardour-street, Feb. 14, 1814.

The present occupant of 29 Great Titchfield-street is Moray House. I wonder if they are aware of their address’s disreputable past.

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