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The Political House that Jack Built (1819) — [on Romantic Circles]
The Every-Day Book (1825-26)

Letters and Documents, 1818-1824

These were years of fame and (apparent) prosperity for Hone. While he seems to have undergone an episode of depression for some months after his trials, beginning in early 1819 Hone and Cruikshank began their remarkable collaboration with such publications as the Bank Note 'Not to be Imitated!' (1819), The Political House that Jack Built (1819), The Man in the Moon (1820), A Slap at Slop and the Bridge Street Gang (1821), and many others. In addition, Hone's antiquarian research began to be printed with the controversial Apocryphal New Testament (1820) followed by the still useful Ancient Mysteries Described (1823) and the polemical responses to his critics in Another Article for the Quarterly (1824) and Aspersions Answered! (also 1824). Remarkably, Hone was also producing a number of literary works including a mocking continuation of Byron's poem called Don Juan, Canto the Third! (1819) and The Right Divine of Kings to Govern Wrong! (1821), a revision and condensation of Daniel Defoe's Jure Divino.

Note: A narrative account of the initial letters between Hone and Childs is available in this Conversation.