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Plate from the Satirist, iv. 209 (no explanatory comment). Mrs, Clarke, lightly clad, reclines on a small table; beneath her is a paper: Ordered to Lie on the Table [i.e. of the House of Commons]; she says: How much longer need I LIE. From under her petticoats trails a long garter inscribed Si qua [word illegible] meliora putat. She is supported (right) by Cobbett and his protégés, and is attacked from the left by Fuller who aims a blast at her from a large pair of bellows inscribed Rose Hill Bellows. Beside him stands Perceval, in his Chancellor of the Exchequer's gown, directing at her rays from his mirror of Truth. He says, I Perceive all. Fuller says: Ill blast her no Forging here you baggage / "And still I blew a Fuller blast / "And gave a lustier cheer." Burdett kneels beside her, holding up a small barrel of Whitbread's Entire Hogshead on which is the head of Whitbread; with this he tries to shield her from the rays of Truth. He is supported by Lord Folkestone who says: Cobbett stands by me and I'll support you. In his pocket are papers: Notes for Cobbett. The much taller and bulkier Cobbett holds him up, saying, Talk of Portland Stone [see No. 10718, &c.]—I say there's nothing like Folke Stone. Under Mrs. Clarke's table lies Wardle, with Ravish'dLetters [see No. 11232], looking up at her with a sly grin. On the wall is a picture inscribed Distant View of Newgate & Pillory.
1 March 1809
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Height: 204 millimetres (trimmed)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
See No. 11216, &c. John Fuller, of Rose Hill Park, Sussex, M.P. for the county, was an uncompromising opponent of Mrs. Clarke. He said, 3 Feb., 'This, he was convinced, was the foulest conspiracy that ever was set on foot against the Son of the Crown, and indirectly against the Crown itself (see Nos. 11219, 11237, 11299). Burdett seconded Wardle's motion on 27 Jan. for an inquiry into the conduct of the Duke. He, Whitbread, and Folkestone were Wardle's chief supporters; Cobbett devoted the Political Register for months to long reports of the affair with inflammatory comment, see (e.g.) 25 Feb. For Perceval see No. 11233.
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