[Broadside against Napoleon]The Duke of Shoreditch, or, Barlow's Ghost. / Countrymen: After my Spirit had rested in peace more than two hundred years, I was, in a manner, called from my grave by a report in circulation, that the French intended to invade the now United Kingdoms of England and Ireland [...]
Letterpress, with 1802 watermark; sheet 445 x 270mm (17½ x 10½"). Creasing on right.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. This broadside, essentially a call for increased participation in the volunteer corps, is voiced by the ghost of a Shoreditch shopkeeper, aroused from his peace by rumours of the planned invasion. The ghost is initially confident of the Britons' ability to repel the French, but soon finds that 'the exercise of Arms had been long laid aside, except upon particular emergencies' and fears that the country will be overrun unless military participation is strengthened. Contains references to Finsbury, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. The publisher James Asperne (1757-1820) was best-known for publishing the popular 'European Magazine'.
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