The Laird of the Posts or the Exaltation of ye Bonnetts.
Etching. 115 x 127mm. 4½ x 5". Paper toning and foxing. Small nicks to the edges.
Pocket-sized satire. The resignation of the Duke of Newcastle, and the appointment of Lord John Stuart, 3rd Earl Bute (1713-1792) as Prime Minister. In an attempt to remove the influence of the Duke in Parliament, Bute ordered that all men appointed by the Newcastle administration be removed immediately. The result of this order became known as the Massacre of the Pelhamite Innocents. This came about following Pitt's resgination as Secretary of State, when he wished to declare war on Spain, but found himself alone on the matter, forcing him to resign. Bute replaced him at the order of the King who was also making life very difficult for the Duke of Newcastle, forcing him to also resign. Bute was made Prime Minister and he offered those who were opposed to the King's government the chance to serve as loyal servants or to leave; those opposed were dismissed.
See BM Satires: 3862.
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