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Satirical pamphlet of 40 pages including frontispiece illustration (numbered pages 6-40) entitled "Solomon Logwood. A Radical Tale." A verse-satire on Alderman Matthew Wood and Queen Caroline. Lettered on the titlepage:
"Second Edition. Solomon Logwood. A Radical Tale. By Old Tom of Oxford." (cf. BM Satires No. 13933)
A wood-engraved bust length portrait of Wood is printed on the title page (the same cut is on T. Hook's 'Tentamen'.) According to M. F. Brightfield, the tract is not by T. H. The lines quoted and the plate suggest that it is by him. Beneath the portrait, two quotations:
"Oh Traitors and Bawds, how earnestly you set a-work, and how ill requited!" Troilus and Cressida.
"Pick out my eyes with a ballad-maker's pen, and hang me up at a brothel-house door for the sign of the blind Cupid." Much Ado About Nothing.
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page.
London: Printed for W. Wright, 46, Fleet Street, 1820 [Price One Shilling.]
The frontispiece illustration, BM Satires13934, represents Caroline of Brunswick receiving a body of proletarian addressers 'from Mary-bone', who are dressed up for the occasion. Wood (right), holding a wand as her Chamberlain, stands stiffly behind her. A miniature of the Queen (see BM Satires No. 13858) hangs from his neck. A man advances to take her hand, a bottle of 'Gin' in his pocket. Behind them is a man holding an Address, the three last signatures being shown: 'Samuel Soot', 'Titus Tripe', 'Jerry Sneak' [the hen-pecked husband of Foote's 'Mayor of Garratt']. A woman topples backwards on to a prostrate man. Close behind the Queen stands a lank-haired minister in gown and bands holding a book: 'Socinian Creed' and a paper: 'Answer'. He is evidently Robert Fellowes, reported to have written the Queen's replies to Addresses. Dr. Parr (see vols. vi-ix), her chaplain (who also wrote replies, cf. No. 14196), scowls over his shoulder. Above: 'The free and easy sort shook well
The R—l hand like friends
The sheep-faced, sidling backwards fell
Upon their nether ends. Part 6 [p. 38].'
At the end of the text, "W. Shackell, Johnson's Court, Fleet-Street."
c. October 1820
Etched frontispiece and wood engarved portrait illustration to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 131 millimetres (approx. page height illustration)
Height: 217 millimetres (approx. page height pamphlet)
Width: 217 millimetres (approx. page width illustration)
Width: 131 millimetres (approx. page width 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.
Many addresses were presented by the obscure; see Airlie, 'Lady Palmerston and her Times', 1922, i. 70; 'Letters of Countess Granville', 1894, i. 175. 'The Times' gave them publicity and prestige. Cf. T. Hook's verses, 'The visit of Mrs. Muggins to Brandenburgh House'. For the Marylebone Address (4 Sept.) see 'Journal of Miss Berry', 1866, iii. 254. See also Nos. 13830, 13848, 13886, 13895, 13896, 13947, 13966, 13973, 13988, 13989, 14001, 14013, 14112. For 'Logwood' see BM Satires No. 14189.
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Associated Title: Solomon Logwood. A radical tale.
Associated Title: The radical harmonist (By the same author and contains satires on Wood, BM Satires 13933, 1865,1111,976.)
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