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- Object: The Mayor returning thanks to Ld Am-t, at the same time had the honour to kiss an ass
Lord Amherst (left), in uniform, stands in profile to the left, his right hand on a post inscribed "10,,000 £". His breeches are lowered, and he holds up his coat-tails in his left hand. The Lord Mayor (Kennett, see BMSat 5688, 5689) kneels behind him; he holds his hat in his hand, and wears a large bag-wig and sword. Behind him stands an obese alderman in a furred gown; he holds his hat in his right hand, a long staff in his left. c.July 1780
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Height: 129 millimetres
Width: 181 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
While the troops remained on duty in the city after the riots Amherst, in spite of a dispute with the Corporation over the arming of civilians as a defensive force (see BMSat 5687), managed to remain on good terms with the city. He wrote on 29 July to the Secretary of State's office to say that to continue the troops in the city for another week would endanger "the harmony that has subsisted to this moment". 'State Papers Domestic', George III, 21. On 24 July a Common Council resolved "That the Thanks of this Court be given to the Officers and Privates who have done duty in this City, for their exemplary Conduct and strict Attention to Military Discipline during the late alarming Riots". On 28 July the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council went to St. James's with an address of thanks to the king for his care in restoring order by the use of armed force. 'London Gazette', 25-9 July.
Perhaps the £10,000 indicates the cost to the city of feeding the troops. This was said to be £100 a day, and on 18 July a Court of Aldermen decided that the allowance should cease from 22 July. 'Ann. Reg.', 1780, p. 224. See also BMSat 5687, &c. Similar in character to BMSat 5662, 5682, 5683, and perhaps belongs to a series which was issued both by Darly and Humphrey.
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