Born in 1802 in Elgin, James Grant first established himself as a
reporter and then as a leading newspaper editor in Victorian
London, heading the Morning Chronicle for two decades before moving
on to the Christian Standard. His 1839 Travels in Town was designed
as a companion piece to his earlier reflections on London, The
Great Metropolis (1838) and Sketches in London (1838). This
two-volume work reflects Grant's enthusiasm for 'this modern
Babylon' and his lively interest in the intricacies of everyday
life there. Interweaving general descriptions with specific local
information, volume 1 focuses on central London, observing major
streets (including Downing Street) and the British Museum, while
Volume 2 describes the post office and bookselling in Paternoster
Row before turning its attention to the city's various religious
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