[Broadside against Napoleon]Song, to the Tune of Mother Casey. / The French, tis said,/ Are thieves by trade,/ And well they fill the function;/ For where they go,/ Both friend and foe,/ They rob without compunction [...]
Letterpress, sheet 340 x 210mm (13½ x 8¼").
Songsheet published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. The song encourages strong British resistance, referencing French actions in Switzerland and Holland and their supposed plans 'to land their troops at Dover'. Napoleon is compared to Robespierre. Napoleon, it says, is praised now as Robespierre once was, but if Napoleon were to be executed, 'With general voice,/ Would France rejoice,/ And set the bells a-ringing'. A note at the bottom of the sheet suggests 'Noblemen, Magistrates, and Gentlemen, would do well by ordering a few Dozen of the above Tracts of their different Booksellers, and causing them to be stuck up in the respective Villages where they reside, that the Inhabitants may be convinced of the Cruelty of the Corsican Usurper.' The publisher James Asperne (1757-1820) was best-known for publishing the popular 'European Magazine'.
[Ref: 33279] £250.00