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- Object: Laudable secrecy respecting peace or John Bull too inquisitive.
John Bull (r.), a fat and ugly 'cit', wearing spectacles, faces Fox with clasped hands, flexed knees, and an insinuating expression. Beside him is a dog with an expression of meek inquiry. He says: "Now do Charly my dear good Boy - open the door a little bit farther - just to tnable me to take in a few of my friends at the Stock Exchange!!" Two papers proiect from his coat-pocket: 'Omnium' and 'Speculation on Peace'. Fox leans towards his visitor, closing behind him a door behind which is the leg of a man departing with a large bundle of 'Dispatches'. In Fox's pocket is a paper: 'To Monsr Talleyrand - Negotiations'. He says: "Really Mr Bull, you are too inquisitive - dont you see the door for Negotiation is open'd? - dont you see the back of a Messenger? - dont you see he has got dispatches under his arm? - what would you desire more -" July 1806
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Height: 283 millimetres
Width: 386 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For the peace negotiations see BMSat 10549, &c.; for Peace and the Stock Exchange, BMSat 10587, &c. The title implies a reference to Lauderdale's mission to Paris (on news of a separate treaty signed by the Russian Minister there on 20 July) to continue the negotiations conducted by Yarmouth; a dispatch from Fox to Yarmouth (26 July) ordered him to request passports for Lauderdale (appointed Joint-Commissioner to negotiate a peace, 1 Aug.).
We are grateful to Nicholas Knowles (email April 2020) for identifying NH as Nicolaus Heideloff.
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