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- Object: Patriot's decinding a point of Honor!-or-An exact representation of the celebrated recontre which took place at the combre-wood on May 2d 1807, between little-Paul the taylor & Sir Francis Goose.
A duel between a goose (l.) with the head of Burdett (as in BMSat 10708, &c.) and Paull dressed as a tailor, except for his top-boots; both fire their pistols, each hitting the other on the leg. Beside each lies a second pistol. Burdett fires with his left hand which emerges from the tip of his wing. Paull staggers backwards, gesticulating; his bonnet rouge flies off. He wears an enormous pair of scissors suspended from the waist; a tape-measure is round his neck, and a yard-stick on the ground. Long labels issue from the mouths of the duellists: "What must I be out! - & a Taylor get In, to Parliament! - You're a Liar! - I never said, that I would sit as Chairman on your Shop-board!!!" Paull retorts: "a Liar! - Sir, I'm a Taylor & a Gentleman! - and I must have Satisfaction! - " Burdett's second is a plump man, with a bunch of pistols under each arm; he watches composedly. That of Paull, with a pair of pistols under each arm, watches with gaping mouth and flexed knees, registering alarm. A third man watches from the fork of an oak tree; he seems to be the driver of the coach which stands on the extreme right. with four wretched horses. Between the duellists lie two papers: 'Sir Frans Goose's Letter to the Electors at the Crown & Anchor' and 'Mr Pauls Advertisements'. In the foreground near Paull lies a (green) bag disgorging a bundle of papers inscribed 'Westminster Election Paul'; beside it are a cabbage and cucumbers, with two papers: 'Dangers of indulging Political Envy by Sir F . . . Goose' and 'Cobbetts Character of Paul the Taylor May 2d 1807'. In the background are trees with a signpost pointing (l.) 'To Wimbleton'. 4 May 1807
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 362 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
On the dissolution, see BMSat 10726, the Westminster radicals determined to run Burdett and Paull; Burdett, having refused to stand again for Middlesex, cf. BMSat 10372, had nominated Paull for Westminster; he refused to come forward as a candidate, or to spend a shilling on the election, but agreed to sit if elected. Paull advertised a dinner at the Crown and Anchor on 1 May with Burdett in the chair, to the latter's indignation. At the dinner Paull and Burdett were to be proposed as joint candidates. Burdett's brother attended the dinner and read a letter to the Electors from Sir Francis denying any desire to be returned for Westminster, and contradicting advertisements published by Paull, but the nomination of both was agreed upon. Paull wrote a letter to the Press giving Burdett the lie, published on 2 May, when the duel immediately followed; the Westminster Committee of Place and others then repudiated Paull. John Bellenden Ker was Burdett's second, a Mr. Cooper that of Paull. The first shots missed; both were wounded by the second shots. According to Ker's lengthy published account ('Ann. Reg.' 1807, pp. 425-8) Cooper retreated very precipitately behind a tree and behaved ignorantly and timidly. For Cooper's account see ibid., pp. 632-9. In the 'Political Register' of 2 May Cobbett published a panegyric on Paull in his fourteenth 'Letter to the Electors of Westminster': 'This is the man you want.' His next letter (9 May) regrets that Paull, owing to his wound, 'is no longer in a state to be thought of as your representative', and recommends Burdett and Cochrane. See Patterson, 'Burdett and his Times', 1931, pp. 193 ff.; Wallas, 'Life of Place', 1925, pp. 44 ff.; B.M. Add. MSS. 27817, fo. 105, &c, 27850, fo. 68, &c. For the emblems of tailordom see BMSat 10608, &c.; for the Westminster Election see BMSat 10732, &c. See also BMSat 10969.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 349. Wright and Evans, No. 291. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Patterson, op. cit., p. 202.
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