By A GENTLEMAN.
"Whether you wish to model a flower in wax; to study the rules of etiquette; to serve relish for breakfast or supper; to plan a dinner for a large party or a small one; to cure a headache; to make a will; to get married; to bury a relative; whatever you may wish to do, make, or to enjoy, provided your desire has relation to the necessities of domestic life, I hope you will not fail to 'Enquire Within.' " --Editor.
This is an online version of the famed Victorian self-help guide (1884 edition). Currently about 1/3 of the book is available for browsing. Search facilities may appear once the whole book is online.
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A Note on Transcription. I have tried to keep all kinds of text decoration as close as possible to the original. A couple of obvious typographical errors have been corrected; no doubt many more have been introduced. HTML does not support small caps, so these have had to be replaced with normal text (retaining capitalisation), except for book titles and a few other emphasized words, where they have been replaced with italics.
A Note on Litigation. This text is provided for historical and academic purposes only. Since "Enquire Within" contains a large amount of advice and information, none of which I have verified, I cannot accept responsibility for any consequences of your following such advice. In particular, use of the medical and household supplies recommended in 1884 may now be considered dangerous or even illegal.