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Object: The battle of the pamphleteers Or Newark versus Newcastle
Series: Political Sketches
No. 4. Michael Sadler, M.P. for Newark, and R. J. Wilmot Horton, M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyme, fire point-blank at each other. Sadler (left), on foot, fires a 'Pamphlet' from a pistol, saying, 'For the Wisdom of our Ancesters' [sic]. He puts out his left hand to ward off a blast of papers, the 'Report', emerging from Horton 's blunderbuss. He stands; Horton, a younger man, bestrides a small prancing horse, his hobby, which is covered by a cloth inscribed 'Emigration'; though his knees are bent his feet touch the ground. He says: 'For the March of Intellect' [see BM Satires No. 15604, &c.]. October 2. 1829
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Height: 417 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 292 millimetres (sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
This pamphlet-war consisted of Sadler's 'Ireland; its evils and their remedies; being a refutation of the errors of the Emigration Committee', 2nd ed. 1829, and of Horton 's 'Causes and Remedies of Pauperism in the United Kingdom ... Being a Defence of the Emigration Committee against the Charges of Mr. Sadler', 1829. The two were the recognized leaders in the controversy over remedies for unemployment: cultivation of waste lands at home versus emigration. 'Quarterly Rev.', Apr. 1829, p. 316. Irony is added to the title by the fact that Sadler's patron was the Duke of Newcastle, see No. 15884.
Pencil drawing. Binyon, ii. 45.
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