The Norwich Bull-Bait.

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The Norwich Bull-Bait.
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A large, angry bull, branded PM, with the head of Windham, defends itself vigorously against a hoard of small, vicious, human headed bulldogs, each with its collar inscribed Crape, Gauze, Shawls &c. Two also wear bonnets rouges and bite the bull on its hindquarters. Two pamphlets inscribed Bull baiting a rational amusement and War an Advantage to the Nation are tied to the bull’s tail, and on the right a crowd of excited electors of Norwich cheer on the dogs. In the background Fox and Tierney look on with approval and a signpost points To Norwich. The Norwich textile industry had suffered severely during the war with France, and consequently Windham, who had opposed the shortlived Peace of Amiens, and had represented Norwich since 1784, had become very unpopular. After a foolish speech in defence of bull baiting, he was heavily defeated at the election on July 5th by 83 votes. He later accepted the seat of St. Mawes from the Marquis of Buckinghamshire. BM 9879.