June 28th, 2020

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Alderman Kennett

Passing by Blackfriars Bridge, I missed the magnificent gates (iron) erected by Brackly Kennett, Esq. the inactive Lord Mayor of London, A.D. 1780, during the time of the riots, and who used to pass his time at the "Jacob's Well," Barbican. I could not help remembering these lines, which were related to me long ago— "When Rome was burning, poets all agree, Nero sat playing on his tweedle-dee; So Kennett, when he saw sedition ripe, And London burning, calmly smoked his pipe." -- The Mirror, 26 March, 1831