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Satirical pamphlet of 24 pages on the Queen Caroline affair entitled "The Speech from the Throne, &c. &c."
The frontipsiece illustration, BM Satires 14126, represents Eldon presiding at a long table in the House of Lords. Behind him is the throne. One of the galleries erected for the Queen's 'trial' (see BM Satires No. 13825) is depicted. Peers, all wearing stars, sit at the table, or watch from benches on the right. Only Liverpool (left) is recognizable. The cut has little relation to the text, where 'the Speech' ends:
In fine my Lords, we must unsheath the sword, or
Farewell, a long farewell, to social order [cf. BM Satires No. 14133].
Lettered below the illustration with the quotation:
"As the well drill'd school-boy
Doth repeat the oft' told tale of
Beggar's Lamentation- so the goodly sprout
Of some old courtly, crouching stock is chosen
To deliver common places- when the senate
Deems it meet approach th imperial throne
Of Royalty with adulation.
Sir Bertram, an Old Metrical Romance"
With the publisher's line:
"Printed and Published by T. Dolby, 299, Strand." (BM Satires 14126.)
An additional title page within the pamphlet provides additional text:
"The Speech from the Throne,
Delivered by Hurlo Thrumbo the Large to the Parliament of Brobdingnag, With The Proceedings of the Latest Moment in the Low Chamber of That August Assembly:
Reported by a literary gentleman in the employ of Doctor Slop;
And received, by express, in six days, six hours and five minutes, the greatest dispatch ever recorded, except in the retrest of Sir R -t B-r's friend Fletcher.
With a further quotation from Otway and the publisher's line with further details:
"London: Printed and Published by T.Dolby, 299 Strand and 34, Wardour Street, Soho and May be Had of All Booksellers, 1821. Price One Shilling."
c. February 1821
Wood-engraved illustration on leaf before titlepage of letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 217 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 131 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Actually, the Speech was conciliatory, see BM Satires No. 14145.
"Dr Slop" referred to on the title page is the journalist and editor John Stoddart who was given this nickname in William Hone's publications of the late 1810s notably "A Slap at Slop."
Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 2," number 2 of 10 volumes of “Political Tracts” A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822. The contents of this volume mainly concern the Queen Caroline affair and satirise the Prince Regent, subsequently George IV, his court and ministers.
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