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Object: The House wot keeps bad hours.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 142. Below the title: 'Dedicated with all due respect to Sir Charles Weatherall. mem: Be it known for the benefit of posterity that the H. of Commons sat on Tuesday July 12th from 4 O'Clock in the Afternoon till 7. the following Morning:!!!' Scene in the House of Commons with the Opposition benches on the left and the Table in the foreground, the Clerk, in back view, partly cut off by the right margin. The candles have burned to their sockets. A large clock on the gallery facing the Table points to seven. Wetherell, more than usually dishevelled, thumps a dispatch-box. All the members in view are asleep, except one who leaves the House, stretching his arms. On the front bench Croker on the extreme left leans against Peel, who sleeps with folded arms. Goulburn leans against the back of the seat. In the third row are O'Connell and Hume, each leaning against a pillar. 18 July 1831
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Height: 347 millimetres
Width: 281 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
Wetherell and a few other Tories made repeated motions for adjournment on 12 July in order to obstruct the second Reform Bill in Committee, and the House sat till 7 a.m. Peel had left some hours earlier, having said that he "would be no party to any thing like a vexatious delay". 'Parl. Deb.l, 3rd s. iv. 1144 ff.; Greville, 'Memoirs', 1938, ii. 165 f. See No. 16739, &c.
Reproduced, G. M. Trevelyan, 'Lord Grey of the Reform Bill', 1920, p. 283.
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