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Most of the amazing animals in this passage—lions at the Tower of London, performing
hares, and particularly “the Learned Pig,” which made its London debut early in 1785,
discussed in Richard D. Altick, The Shows of London
1978, see esp. chs. 3 and 7, and illustration 6 on p. 41. By 1812 both Sadler's Wells
Drury Lane had dropped their opposition to animal acts (same, p. 310–311; see also
Wheatley, London Past and
, [Sadler's Wells]).