I have a great love of cats, and while my 'gentlemen' paid the customary visit to the vet, I find myself in sympathy with this Tom and his mistress Celestina; also I am very partial to gooseberries. Thus in honour of my feline friends, that they may be remembered on my website, I offer the following for the amusement of passers-by; Caroline, February, 2007.

From "More Mornings at Bow Street" 1827*
by John Wight of the Morning Herald (pages 62-64)

"Tom the Gardener"

Mr. Barnabas POTTER, of the parish of St. Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, Gent. was charged with having assaulted Celestina, the wife of Jonathan Griggs PINKERTON, of the same parish, shoemaker, by smiting her on the left side of her head with a certain blunt instrument - to wit, a blue and white earthenware jug, value one shilling and ninepence, against the peace, &c.
It appeared by the evidence of the said Celestina Griggs PINKERTON, that she resides, with her husband, in a house adjoining the one occupied by the said Mr. Barnabas POTTER; and that, on the day named in the information, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon of the same day, as she was standing at the front door of the said Mr. Barnabas POTTER, in quiet conversation with his housekeeper, the said Barnabas bounced upon her with a blue and white jug of water in his hand; which water he did then and there shy in her face; and upon her asking 'what's that for, Mr. POTTER?' he 'hot her' on the left side of her head with the said blue and white jug so violently, that the said jug was shivered into twenty pieces, and her head materially damaged. Moreover, the said Celestina Griggs PINKERTON deposed, that she knew no cause for the violence of the said Barnabas - except that her Thomas was in the habit of going into the garden of the said Barnabas, and rather misbehaving himself, occasionally; and in answer to a question from the magistrate, she explained that 'her Thomas' was a fine 'tabby Tom;' who, being young and foolish, was much given to roving abroad; though she made him wear a collar, and did everything she could do to keep him at home.
Mr. Barnabas POTTER, in reply, admitted that he did smite Mrs. PINKERTON's head with his blue and white jug, in manner above-mentioned; but pleaded, in justification thereof, that she came upon his premises in defiance of his interdiction to the contrary. It was notorious, he said, that Mrs. Celestina Griggs PINKERTON and her tabby Tom were the annoyance of the whole neighbourhood, inasmuch as the said tabby Tom was continually committing the grossest improprieties, and was therein aided, abetted, and encouraged by the said Celestina Griggs PINKERTON. In particular, the said Tom was in the habit of coming into the garden of him (the said Barnabas), and improperly watering his gooseberry trees; and, upon his complaining of the fact to the said Celestina Griggs PINKERTON, she had the wickedness to reply, that she had no idea her Thomas had been given to gardening, but since it was so, she should consider herself fairly entitled to a portion of the gooseberries he had helped to cultivate! This was the reason why he (the said Barnabas) forbad her to come upon his premises; and, as she had dared to do so, in spite of his interdiction, he thought himself fully justified in breaking his blue and white jug against her head, as aforesaid.
The magistrate told him he was mistaken; and held him to bail for his appearance to answer her complaint before a jury of his countrymen at the Quarter Sessions."

From "The Year Book of Daily Recreation and Information" 1832*
by William Hone

"A Tortoise-shell Tom Cat"

Among the covetors and collectors of specimens of feline curiosities, this was, and perhaps is, deemed an animal of great consequence. Under this date, less than five years ago, we find one obligingly proffered for sale, by public advertisement.—
to be DISPOSED OF, on reasonable terms.
Apply at Mr. White's, 5, Swinton-place, Bagnigge-wells-road.
The Times, 17th of July, 1826.
A male cat of the tortoiseshell color is esteemed a rarity, and was formerly worth a considerable sum.
A whimsical letter to the Secretary of the Horticultural Solciety in the "Comic Annual by Thomas Hood, Esq., 1831," may enable speculators to determine whether the value of "the article" is increased or not, by this singular information:—
Sir—I partickly wish the Satiety to be called to consider the Case what follows, as I think mite be maid Transaxtionable in the next Reports:—
My Wif had a Tomb Cat that dyd. Being a torture Shell and a Grate faverit, we had Him berried in the Guardian, and for the sake of inrichment of the Mould I had the carks deposited under the roots of a Gosberry Bush. The Frute being up till then of the smooth kind. But the next Season's Frute after the Cat was berried, the Gozberis was all hairy — and more Remarkable the Catpilers of the same bush was All of the same hairy Discription.
I am, Sir, your humble servant,                
THOMAS FROST.                           

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