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- Object: Britannia congratulating the right hon. Brass Crosby, Esq; Lord Mayor, and Mr. Alderman Oliver, on their releasement from the Tower, at the rising of the Parliament, May 8, 1771
Verses printed beneath. The title (above the design) is printed. Britannia (l.) with her shield and spear, followed by aldermen in civic gowns, advances with outstretched arms to meet Crosby and Oliver, who are coming out of the gate of the Tower (r.). Crosby, wearing his mayoral robe and chain, holds out the City Charter. Oliver, in his gown, holds out 'Magna Charta'. There is a sentry on each side of the gate, and a beefeater stands behind Crosby. Crosby was M.P. for Honiton. 15 June 1771
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Height: 124 millimetres (plate)
Height: 381 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 219 millimetres (plate)
Width: 267 millimetres (sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
For the civic procession from the Tower to the Mansion House, see 'Ann. Reg.', 1771, 104-5; Walpole's 'Letters', viii. 31, 32. It was escorted by members of the Artillery Company, who let off twenty-four pieces of cannon at the Tower Gates. For the close of the dispute by the early rising of Parliament, see 'Letters of Hume', ed. Greig, 1932, ii. 241. For the imprisonment of Crosby and Oliver see BMSat 4850,4852,4854,4860. Beneath the design are verses (36 ll.). They begin,
"Joy to my sons and Patriots!-high in fame.
My colonies shall toast you in their songs,
And hiss the men who glory 'd in their wrongs.
Ye Foxes, Onslows, Ellis, [For Welbore Ellis as Guy Vaux see BMSat 4384 (1770)] Luttrell, hear!
All Honourable Men!- to North most dear!
Doth not some vengeance on those Villains wait,
Who owe their greatness to a ruined State?"
"So shall ye live belov'd, lamented die,
Then rise two glorious Stars above the Sky.
Sold by S. Hooper 25, Ludgate-Hill. Price One Shilling."
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