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- Object: Which is right or regular and quack opinions on the flushing fever.
Chatham sits in an arm-chair attended by doctors; he wears a night-cap, and over his uniform and boots a patterned dressing-gown, and holds a copy of 'The Times'. He looks up at a hideous doctor (left), who feels his pulse, holding a watch. The doctor says: "Your Pulse is going with uncommon Expedition indeed my Lord, you have too much Blood in you. you must lose a few Ounces". Chatham: "Don't mention that word [Expedition] again Doctor, it brings an [sic] a Flushing in my face, and sets me in a palpitation". On his other side stands Sir William Curtis, dressed as in No. 11353, proffering a steaming bowl of soup on a salver; in his pocket is a 'Plan for a Jollyfication on the 25 Octr 1809'. He says: "You'll find my Soup, is the best thing in the world for palpitations, it always cures me speedily and soon [see No. 11306]. I hope you'll be well enough to come to our Jollyfication on the 25th [see No. 11381, &c.]". On the extreme right stands a stout John Bull, a 'cit' holding his hat; he looks across at the doctor on the left, saying contemptuously, "Pho Pho! Doctor your wrong! its only a Flushing in the face. for D-----e if I think he has a bit of Blood in him". Behind Chatham is a 'Camp Convenience' or travelling commode under which lie his cocked hat and sword; on it is a book of 'Military Tactics'. On the wall is a 'Map of Walch[eren]', showing 'Flush[ing]' and one of 'Quiberon Bay', both partly obscured by steam from Curtis's soup. On the ground are two books: 'Jack the Giant Killer' and 'The Seven Sleepers'. The doctor's cocked hat, gloves, gold-headed cane, and a large volume, 'Pharma-copiæ' are on a chair (left), behind which are a small writing-table and curtained bed. After the title:
'In one thing only, thats the Fee,
Doctors you'll find will er'e agree'
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 366 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 expedition to the Scheldt see No. 11364, &c; for Curtis, No. 11354, &c.; for the disastrous expedition to Quiberon Bay in 1795, No. 8669. For 'bit of Blood' cf. No. 7233.
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