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

Letters and Documents, 1825-1832

The latter half of the 1820s made up another period of fame for Hone as he began, on January 1, 1825, to publish the weekly installments of his very popular and influential antiquarian volume, The Every-Day Book. As the sole editor and chief writer of this weekly publication (later indexed and bound into two large volumes), Hone worked feverishly to maintain the production, but despite his best efforts the publication of the numbers soon fell increasingly behind schedule. Hone was soon beset with other problems as well: in April of 1826 he found himself bankrupt once again, and, though he was able to put the Every-Day Book itself out of his creditors' reach, he spent much of 1826 and 1827 within the Rules of King's Bench. Then, adding to the Hones' misfortunes, the younger William Hone (b. 1807) was found dead in his bunk on his Navy ship in December of 1827. Hone continued his efforts to lift himself out of debt, writing and editing antiquarian works (e.g. The Table Book, Strutt's Sports, and The Year Book) for the Thomas Tegg publishing house (which had also acquired the copyright for The Every-Day Book.) In late 1829, Hone toured through the Midlands, visiting friends and trying to garner enough financial support to enable him to open a Coffeehouse called "The Grasshopper." This was a frustrating, dispiriting effort, but eventually Hone met with some success and the Grasshopper opened in June of 1830. Luckily, Hone maintained a number of strong friendships--most notably with the artist William Behnes and the Bungay printers John and Robert Childs-- and these relationships, along with a newly rekindled interest in formal religion, seem to have sustained Hone through financial difficulties, family tragedies, and even his own episodes of illness and depression.