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- Object: The difference of weight between court and city aldermen
On a large pair of scales a slim man standing in the left. scale completely outweighs two men in the other. All three wear furred livery gowns. On the scales, at the feet of the Court alderman (Harley), are a money-bag, and notes marked "10,000". He says: "Where are their Remonstrances now? Oh rare London Tavern!" Behind him stand Mansfield and Bute, who points at him, saying: "Deel down wi ye all ye loons, here is my Mon con give ye all a Drubbing." The l. scale rests on the ground, the right. is high in the air; on it a very stout man, probably Brass Crosby the ex-Lord Mayor, is sitting. He is exclaiming in alarm: "Oh Lord Oh Lord! I shall be down." Wilkes stands behind him saying: "S' death that damd Scot has put false weight in the Scale!" A man kneeling on one knee holds the right. scale with both hands saying: "Zounds! shall this little Wine Merchant out-weigh us all?" In the foreground the cap of liberty on a stick is supported in a chamber-pot. On the wall is a picture of Britannia hanging from a gallows. The accompanying text runs, "We are now convinced that the weight of a city Alderman is not by any means equal to that of a court Alderman, especially if they are weighed in the scales of administration. The Patriotic Citizens seem to have lost all their influence, and Lord North has had very little difficulty in supporting a majority upon all occasions." 1 June 1772
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Height: 158 millimetres
Width: 105 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
From the 'Oxford Magazine', viii, 189.
The reference, which is made in the accompanying text, is to the Court of Aldermen where Harley was the leader of the Court party in opposition to the Patriots. The Court of Aldermen, in constrast with the Common Council and the Common Hall, had in general a majority for the Court. For Harley see BMSat 4852, 4939, &c. For the London Tavern, a meeting-place of the Bill of Rights Society, see BMSat 5104.
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