John Limbird was christened May 1, 1796 in the parish of Saint Nicholas, Glatton, Huntingdonshire, the sixth child of John Limbird and Elizabeth Hitchcock. He had two daughters, Elizabeth Limbird born 1818 and Sally Dolby Limbird born 1823, both baptised at the Church of Street Anne, Soho, London. From 1822 to 1847 Limbird published a twopenny weekly, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, which has been characterized as "the first long-lived cheap periodical" in Britain.
lieutenant was edited by Thomas Byerley, John Abraham Heraud, Percy Bolingbroke Street John, and John Timbs.
Late in 1847 it became the Mirror Monthly Magazine. And from 1849 to 1850 appeared finally as the London Review.