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- Object: A singular situation, or I by-myself I in the dumps!!
A sturdy sailor, smoking a pipe, spokesman for three others (left), addresses Sir John Sinclair with contempt, a cudgel under his left arm:
"I say Messmate. - you seem to know more about Ploughing a field, than Ploughing the Ocean". Sinclair, fashionably dressed, stands in profile to the left, with downcast eyes and interlaced fingers, saying, "I was Planet struck - certainly!" One of the sailors, looking contemptuously over his shoulder, says: "Let him alone Jack, he can't see Clear" [cf. title of BMSat 9271]. A third says: "Reduce the Navy! come that's a pretty Rig! however."
In the background (right) Fox, with upraised hands, addresses a band of his scandalized supporters: "I am quite Shock'd - we never went so far as that, did we?" Sheridan answers, "No never - never". Erskine adds "Never", and Lord Derby: "oh Dear! never, never!" See BMSat 9271. 7 December 1798
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Height: 246 millimetres
Width: 347 millimetres
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