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Satirical pamphlet of 24 pages without illustrations entitled:
"The Lost Mutton Found!! or, the R--l Fly-by-Night; A Poem; Being a Despatch Extraordinary from W---r Castle."
The satire, written in verse, lampoons George IV imagining his liaisons with "Mrs Q" (Mrs Quentin) at Windsor Castle and refers to the Queen Caroline affair.
Lettered below the title with the verse:
"If he would but abandon Q's, Gamesters and Dice,
And not think that Mutton when tainted is nice;
He then would get rid of all bodily ills,
And never be grip'd with the Bergami Pills."
With the publisher's line at the bottom of the page:
"London: Printed and Published by John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill. [Price one Shilling.]
The pamphlet concludes with a postscript on George IV's departure for the Brighton Pavillion with the closing lines:
"The drove like the devil towards the Pav-n
Not caring a fig for the sneers of the Million!
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Height: 217 millimetres (Approximate page height)
Width: 135 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 3" a compilation of political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, number 3 of 10 volumes. Volume 3 contains numerous pamphlets on the Queen Caroline affair. Also see "Political Tracts Volume 2", 184.a.2. for material concerning Queen Caroline.
As the pamphlet is not illustrated, it is not included in M. Dorothy George's "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum."
The publication date is not stated on the pamphlet. However, it may be dated to 1820 as, "A Peep into W---r Castle after the Lost Mutton" (1865,1111,651.) bound in "Political Tracts Volume 4" was published in the same year. (See also 1865,1111, 493.)
A sympathetic biography of "Mrs Q" is also bound in "Political Tracts Volume 2." See "Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs Q-----." by Edward Eglantine Esquire 1865,1111, 541. This author states:
"She has also had the felicity of being caricatured in a hundred situations; in one of which, probably, she was never placed. except upon paper by the artist's imagination."
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