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Object: A Rum Letter to a Rum Duke on a Rum Occasion by a Rum Fogerum
Object: The Peace-Botchers A New, Satyrical, Political Medley, being a Parody on the Celebrated one of Macheath's, in the Beggar's Opera By a disconsolate Englishman
Satirical broadside with an etched rebus over thirteen lines in the form of a letter to the Duke of Bedford congratulating him on his appointment by Lord Bute as negotiator for the peace with France and referring to his unsuccessful previous role as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1756-60), pointing out that if he succeeds in negotiations with France then he will profit because "2 shillgs. will then be taken of the Land tax", alluding to an altercation with Jacobites at Lichfield races in 1747 (see BM Satires 2864), and to Lord Bute's . Letterpress with a song of eleven verses on the same theme and hoping to "Let Pitt again govern the Helm ..", each to different, specified tunes: 'Air 1. Happy Groves. / O Cruel, cruel, cruel Case! / Must we suffer this Disgrace'. [Sold by J. Williams, next the Mitre Tavern, in Fleet-street; and to be had at all the Booksellers and Print-Shops, in London and Westminster.]
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Height: 315 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 235 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- After the disputed Staffordshire election of 1747 a pro-Jaobite mob gathered at Lichfield races (organised by the Whigs) where the Duke of Bedford was struck by a dancing master named Toll; this was remembered as his being horse-whipped.
The print was announced in the Public Advertiser, 4 September 1762.
- Not on display
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- Associated Event: Seven Years War 1756-1763
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