[Broadside against Napoleon]"Britons never will be Slaves!!!" / An Address To every Loyal Briton on the threatened Invasion of his Country. / When Rome's proud Legions fought the Albion Shore,/ To give insatiate Pow'r one Trophy more,/ The hardy Britons scorn'd to basely fly,/ Determined to repel the Foe, or die [...] W.T. Fitzgerald
Letterpress, sheet 370 x 250mm (14½ x 9¾"). On laid paper watermarked 1802.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height, recounting British bravery in the face of invasion from the Romans and the Spanish Armada as evidence that any French invasion would inevitably fail. The poem was written by William Thomas Fitzgerald (1759-1829). Fitzgerald specialised in patriotic verses of this kind, and in 1814 published a collected edition of his many verses against Napoleon. 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'.
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