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Arrangement of the book

A brief Introduction is followed by two guides for those unfamiliar with London in 1776: Briefing Notes for Strangers, which provides background information on the political situation and on some of the town’s notable characters, and then a Tour of the city at that time. There follows the day by day Chronicle, which is based closely on diaries, letters, newspaper reports, and other contemporary sources. Finally an Afterwards section sketches subsequent political developments, the later lives of selected individuals, and the fates of some of 1776’s places of diversion.