Henry, born in London, Nov. 25, 1812, was educated at Westminster school, and afterward established himself in London as a literary man. In 1841 he assisted in founding the comic periodical "Punch" (which was preceded by " Figaro in London," also started by himself), and for some years was its chief editor. His principal publication is " London Labor and the London Poor," commenced in the columns of the London "Morning Chronicle" and published in 3 vols. 8vo (1861; new ed., 1868). In conjunction with his brothers Horace and Augustus, the former of whom was for many years attached to the staff of "Punch," he produced a series of humorous novels and Christmas stories by the " Brothers Mayhew," including " The Image of his Father " (1848); " The Greatest Plague of Life, or the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Husband " (1849); " The Good Genius that turned Everything into Gold" (1851); "Whom to Marry and How to get Married " (1856); " The Magic of Kindness," "Acting Charades," etc. Under his own name he has published several interesting juvenile books, "Young Benjamin Franklin," "Boyhood of Martin Luther," "The Story of the Peasant-Boy Philosopher," founded on the life of James Ferguson, and " The Wonders of Science," founded on that of Sir Humphry Davy. He is also author of "The Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints, a Contemporary History" (1852); "Upper Rhine," illustrated by Birket Foster (1858); "Lower Rhine" (1860); "German Life and Manners " (new ed., 1866); and, in conjunction with John Binny, "The Criminal Prisons of London " (1862).
Edward, born in London in 1813, was during his youth the manager of a strolling company, and in that capacity wrote " Make your Wills," and other farces. He has published a valuable manual on the "Management and Treatment of Dogs," "Treatise on the Mouth of the Horse" (1849), and "The Illustrated Horse Doctor" (I860).
Born In 1810 Thomas, was one of the first to prepare cheap publications for the poorer classes, and started several "penny dictionaries," "penny grammars," and similar works, forming the " Penny National Library." He was at one time editor of the "Poor Man's Guardian," which during the agitation of the reform bill encountered the opposition of government in consequence of its radical opinions.
Horace, born in London in 1819, besides sharing largely in the authorship of the books by the " Brothers May-hew," published several humorous works under his own name, including " Change for a Shilling," and "Model Men and Women" (1848); "The Toothache, imagined by Horace May-hew, and designed by George Cruikshank" (1849); "Letters left at the Pastry Cook's" (1852); and " Wonderful People" (1856). He died April 30, 1872.
Angnstns, who had an equal share with Horace and Henry in the production of the "Brothers Mayhew " series, has been an industrious contributor to periodical literature, and has published under his own name "Finest Girl in Bloomsbury" (1851) " Kitty Lamere" (1858); "Paved with Gold' or the Romance and Realitv of the London Streets" (1858; 4th ed., 1872); "Faces for Fortune" (1866); and "Blow Hot and Blow Cold" (1869).