He who talks and runs away May live to fight a Double Day.
Etching, sheet 205 x 265mm. 8 x 10½". Trimmed to plate.
Political satire; Thomas Doubleday (1790 - 1870), Newcastle-born poet, dramatist, biographer, radical politician and political economist creeps away from a rally (on the 'Town Moor' in the background) towards the safety of Cambois village in Northumberland (indicated by the sign). He is armed with sword and shield and progresses with caution. Doubleday devoted himself entirely to the cause of the people, and aided the Whig party by voice and pen in helping forward the reform agitation of 1832. He was secretary to the northern political union, and prominent in the agitation which the union prosecuted in aid of Earl Grey and the reforming party in parliament. At a great meeting held in Newcastle in 1832 he moved one of the resolutions. Warrants were drawn out for the arrest of Doubleday and others on the charge of sedition, but were never served, as the government went out of office in a few days. After the Reform Bill Doubleday, unlike many whigs, maintained his old position. His unbending integrity won for him the respect of both sides. He and Charles Attwood presented an address to Earl Grey on behalf of the northern political union, declaring the Reform Bill unsatisfactory to the people, and advocating some of the points afterwards adopted by the chartists. A pencil note on the print lower right alleges that Doubleday did not attend a meeting the military were expected to suppress.
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