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- Object: The inside of a school- or the first meeting- after the holidays;!!!
A school-room represents the House of Commons. On one side (left) sits Dundas with a cane, at the other Pitt suavely receiving a new scholar. In the centre Fox, wearing a fool's cap inscribed 'Truant', stands on a pile of papers weeping; he holds a birch-rod in his left hand. The papers: 'Lists of Traitors', 'Reports of the Secret Committee', 'Reports', 'Reports', 'Quiglys Life', 'Ld E. Fitzgerald', 'O Conners Confession', 'Death & Caract[er]'. Pitt says to the boy in Court dress who faces him: "You are a New Scholar. I Perceive, be a Good Boy & you shall be rewarded. Say after me, P-E-N-Pen SI-si-Pensi-ON-on - Pension - thats a Good Boy!!!" The answer is: "P-E-N-Pen . . . [&c.]". Pitt holds a paper 'Aye No Place Pension.'; on his desk is a paper: 'Plan for an Union'. From his pocket issues 'A List of Secret Traitors'. Two bags are under his stool: 'Old Wigs for Bad Boys' and (disgorging guineas) 'Candle Ends Cheese Pareings & Sugar Plumbs for Good Boys.'
Dundas, in tartan, turns threateningly to a row of desks inscribed 'Forms for Sulky Boys', where Sheridan and Burdett look at each other apprehensively. He says: "Haud yere Tongues, Young Gentlemen - or Ye'll never Thrive i the World, Good Boys Should never Say any thing but Aye, or NO!" 17 February 1800
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Height: 264 millimetres
Width: 400 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
A satire on the return of Fox, the truant (see BMSat 9018, &c), to Parliament for the debate of 3 Feb., but without application to the debate itself (cf. BMSat 9511). For Fox's relations, real or alleged, with Irish rebels see BMSats 9244, 9245, &c.; for the Secret Committee, BMSat 9369. Pitt's words probably relate to the measures taken in Ireland for passing the Union, see BMSat 9284, &c. 'Candle ends and cheese parings' is a phrase alleged to have been used by Windham, for which he was pilloried. See 'Windham Papers', 1913, ii. 178, and BMSat 9038, &c.
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