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Satirical pamphlet of 26 pages on the Queen Caroline affair entitled:
"A Spy Upon Spies or, The Milan Chambermaid; Developing Certain Particulars of the Mysterious Contents of the Green Bag. By one of the principal spies."
Lettered below the title with the publisher's line:
"London: Printed and Published by John Fairburn, Broadway-Ludgate Hill, One Shilling."
The Milan Commission had been instructed by Sir John Leach in 1818 to gather evidence against Caroline, then Princess of Wales, and to report to the Cabinet in July 1819. The evidence was gathered in the green bags referenced in this pamphlet's title.
The pamphlet, written in verse, is a fictionalised account supposedly from an anonymous servant in Caroline's household named only as the "Milan Chambermaid." It suggests that evidence against her was gathered through bribery and atempts to influence witnesses.
For details of the Milan Commission and "Trial" see M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952, Nos 13755 and 13825.
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Height: 220 millimetres (approximate page height)
Width: 125 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 "green bag" was regularly represented in satirical prints and pamphlets on the Queen Caroline affair, see "Political Tracts" . Volumes 2 and 3, 184.a.2 and 184.a.3.
The "Milan Chambermaid" in this pamphlet presents an account that is sympathetic to Queen Caroline. Therefore, the character is not Louisa Demont, a witness at the Queen's "trial" who was described by Brougham as 'the most perfect specimen . . . that most finished model—of the Complete waiting-maid, that I believe the world has ever seen actually existing ... a great adept in intrigue . . . Her constant practice is, to deal in "double entendres"'. 'Parl. Deb.' N.S. iii. 165. M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952. Demont is referred to as a "chambermaid" in BM Satires 13856 and 138357.
For further information on Demont see BM Satires: 13856.
For the 'trial' see BM Satires No. 13825, &c.; for Demont, BM Satires No. 13856 and 1935,0522.12.151 and 1865,1111,600-605.
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