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- Object: An Irish hug alias a fraternal embrace.
Fox and O'Connor embrace, both shedding large tears. Fox (left) stands on tiptoe to put his arms round the shoulders of his taller friend, who says: "Och my dear Honey take care of yourself, Erin go Bragh". From Fox's pocket hangs a bonnet-rouge with tricolour cockade. O'Connor wears leg-irons, and the scene is a stone-paved prison cell, with overthrown stool and pitcher (right) and small table (left), on which lies a paper: 'To A OConnor London We would advise you to go to Botany Bay where you will find many of our old friends and probably we shall have the pleasure of meeting you again
Yours one & \ Indivisible \ Opposition'
Fox says: "My Own Ideas - \ My own Sentiments, - My own Wishes, - My own Words - My own Soul - The Man after my Own Heart for he entertains the same Political sentiments as every one of the Opposition". On the wall is a placard: 'O Connor's Confession. \ one of the Executive - \ An United Irishman - \ An agent to treat with Hoche \ about his decent in Ireland. \ A Rebel - A Traitor - \ A Transport \ An Outlaw!!!' Beneath the title: 'The Dearest Friends must Part.' 4 October 1798
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Height: 370 millimetres
Width: 253 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
See BMSat 9245. The arrangement for the banishment of the Irish prisoners was overthrown by the withdrawal of their confessions, and also, it is said, by the refusal of Rufus King, the U.S. Minister, to allow them to go to America. They were sent to Fort Augustus in Scotland on 26 Mar. 1799, but not strictly confined; in 1802 they were sent to Holland. For the Rebellion see BMSat 9228, &c.
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