Iohn Bull's first visit to his friend the new secretary

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Iohn Bull's first visit to his friend the new secretary
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Charles Williams

Iohn Bull's first visit to his friend the new secretary

London, S W Fores March 3rd. 1806

Etching

Original hand colouring

240 x 345 mm

£180

John Bull, a stout shock-headed countryman in a smock (l.) stands directed to the right., facing Fox, who stands beside the writing-table (r.) from which he has just risen. Fox, with admonitory forefinger, regards John with anxious wariness; he hides behind his back a paper: 'Treaty for carrying on the War'. John claps his hands, staring at Fox with an appraising bucolic grin. His hat, a ticket thrust through its band and cudgel lie on the floor. Behind, his bulldog carries a huge bare bone! He says: "How do, how do Charly, Just called to zee thee, after thee prefarrnent wee shall go on swimmingly now Charly, you always told us Bread should be at 6d Meat 5d, and that the cursed Taxes should be all done away, that nothing ought to prevent us having Peace & Plenty, if the Ministers were but Honest Zooks why I be almost out of my moind wi Joy." Fox answers: "Why Johnny, do ye see, it's very true I did say so, but you know its a difficult task, to alter things when they are once done, to be sure I did cry down the Union, but it would be dangerous to alter it now, I did severely reprobate the Constitution of India, but we must be very carefull how we meddle with such delicate subjects as these, I once lost a good Place Johnny, before, for an attempt of that kind, and to tell you the truth Johnny, I must take care I dont lose this B M 10539.