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Political pamphlet of 36 pages including frontispiece illustration (numbered pages 2-31) entitled: "The radical harmonist; or a collection of songs and toasts given at the late Crown and Anchor dinner...]"
Lettered below the title: "Given at the Late Crown and Anchor Dinner. Collected by Old Tom of Oxford. To Which is Subjoined The Goose's Apology; A Michaelmas Ode." With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: Printed for W. Wright, 46 Fleet Street. 1820, Price One Shilling."
On the verso, "London: W. Shackell, Johnson's-Court, Fleet-Street."
The frontispiece illustration bound opposite the title page, BM Satires 13933, represents Radicals standing at a table on which are tankards, decanters, pipes, &c., to drink a toast. Two, holding foaming tankards, hold knives poised to cut off the froth, a symbol of the decapitation of the King, 'known only to the deeply initiated' (p. 23); one shouts: "The King! as drank in 95."
The text, by 'Old Tom of Oxford' (see BM Satires No. 13934), is a verse-satire on the Queen and her supporters often written in the form of songwords.
The final page carries an advertisement for "New Works Published this Day, By W. Wright, 46, Fleet Street."
c. October 1820
Pamphlet with etched frontispiece illustration
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Height: 131 millimetres (approx page height, sheet)
Height: 213 millimetres (approx. page size (pamphlet))
Width: 213 millimetres (Approx page width, sheet.)
Width: 131 millimetres (approx. page size (pamphlet))
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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 6”. Number 6 of 10 volumes of "Political Tracts" Published circa 1819-1822. The pro-government and anti-"radical" tone of this volume’s content contrasts with the pamphlets in the earlier volumes which often satirise George IV, his court and his ministers.
The dinner is probably that of 2 Oct. to celebrate recent revolutionary events in Naples, Spain, and Portugal. The first toast was 'the King', the second 'The Queen, with innocence for her shield, truth for her spear, and the affection of the people for her safeguard'. See 'Examiner', 1820, p. 655. Thelwall was alleged in 1794 to have so cut the froth of porter, invoking a similar fate for all kings. The tract is by T. Hook. M. F. Brightfield, 'Theodore Hook . . .', 1928, p. 124.
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Associated Title: The radical harmonist; or a collection of songs and toasts given at the late Crown and Anchor dinner...
Associated Title: Solomon Logwood. A Radical Tale. (A satire on Matthew Wood by the same author, see 1865,1111,977, BM Satires 13934.)
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