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Ironmongers (The) possess a broad frontage in Fenchurch street, and a large though somewhat gloomy hall. In the courtroom a number of the original charters of the company are to be seen hanging on the walls, together with an autograph letter in the notorious Judge Jeffrey. In the hall is a portrait of Isaac Walton, and among other interesting paintings are a likeness of Mr. John Nicholl, who wrote a history of the company, and Gainsborough’s portrait of Lord Hood. Mrs. Margaret Dane is also represented. This worthy person bequeathed to the company a sum of money, the interest of which was to be spent in the purchase of faggots for the burning of witches. Nowadays the Ironmongers do not advocate extreme measures, and the money is devoted to the warming not the burning of the poor. The most admirable thing in the Ironmongers Hall is the wood-carving round and about the fire-place——date about 1747.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879