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- Object: Daniels Delivery, or the Deceit of Bels Priests discovered
Satire on John Wilkes's release on 6 May 1763 from arrest for seditious libel; a sequel to BM Satires 4030. Five scenes: "Liberty Court", i.e., Westminster Hall where Wilkes's release was ordered; Wilkes celebrating "... blessings which from Liberty accrue / Our greatest Thanks to P[rat]t & "G[lyn]n are due" walks hand in hand with Lord Temple accompanied by supporters while Fame flies overhead; Wilkes's supporters cheer outside his house, one of them using the popular cry, "Huzza Liberty, Property, and no Excise"; three men are breaking up a column labelled "Excise" and digging up thistles that "have taken deep root" while the head of Lord Bute already lies on the ground saying "Time's past" (a reference to the legend of Friar Roger Bacon's talking brazen head which disintegrated after saying those words); Britannia enthroned addresses three ministers (George Grenville and Lords Halifax and Egremont), saying "Where's the Wretch who persuaded you to oppress my People" to which one minister replies, "He's gone far off to avoid the heat of your Climate". May 1763
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Height: 188 millimetres (image)
Height: 214 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 278 millimetres (image)
Width: 281 millimetres (trimmed?)
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- Charles Pratt as lord chief justice of common pleas was responsible for releasing Wilkes on grounds of parliamentary privilege. John Glynn, serjeant-at-law, acted as counsel to Wilkes pleading successfully against the validity of the general warrant under which Wilkes had been arrested.
The print was mentioned in the Public Advertiser, 12 May 1763.
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