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Satirical pamphlet of 18 pages including folded illustration (numbered pages 4-17) entitled:
"The Queen of trumps; or, the cabinet in a consternation: An heroic poem founded on the Queen's celebrated letter."
Lettered below the title:
"Dedicated to the admirers of female virtue and heroism. By one of the people."
The last paragraph of the Queen's letter of 7 Aug. to the King, reciting her wrongs, is printed on the title-page in italics and the publisher's details are printed at the foot of the page:
"London: Printed and Published by J.L. Marks, 37 Princes Street, Soho; and sold by all booksellers in town and country, Price One Shilling. 1820."
The letter is versified in the text; it is supposed to be read to the King by Croker in the presence of Ministers, whom he kicks out in his rage and distress.
The illustration bound opposite the titlepage (BM Satires 13841) represents George IV, in a rage, kicking Wellington who staggers back, while Castlereagh hurries off to the right, and Sidmouth has fallen flat, his clyster-pipe in his pocket. The King, who holds a paper, is restrained and comforted by two stout ladies, one wearing a coronet. He shouts: "What! from my Wife, 'Tis so, as I'm a K—g Call C—g—m and H—tf—d too, Both cunning jades I know and bring unto my R—l view; a flask of Curacoa." (From verses xxv and xxix.)
c. August 1820
Hand-coloured etched folded frontispiece to a pamphlet
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Height: 210 millimetres (Approximate page height (pamphlet))
Height: 190 millimetres (Sheet)
Width: 130 millimetres (Approximate page width (pamphlet))
Width: 232 millimetres (Sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Bound as part of 'Political Tracts Volume 5.' Number 5 of 10 volumes of political pamphlets, published circa 1819-1822.
The letter was returned unopened to the Queen by Bloomfield, telling her that any communications should be through Ministers. It was then sent to Liverpool. See Yonge, 'Life of Lord Liverpool', iii. 95-103. It was written by Cobbett, and was printed in 'The Times', 14 Aug., and thence copied into every other journal in the country. See 'Hist. of the Times', i, 1935, p. 241. It was afterwards issued by Hone as a pamphlet.
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