The Patriot. Dedicated to the Freeholders of Middlesex.
Engraving. 190 x 260mm. Some wear, laid on album paper.
In 1764 John Wilkes was found guilty of seditious libel and was declared an outlaw, causing him to flee to France. He returned in 1768 and was elected MP for Middlesex. He was arrested on the old charges and expelled from Parliament in February 1769, only to be re-elected in March, expelled and re-elected again in April. This satire praises the electors of Middlesex for insisting on their candidate, while their fellow in Brentfold were being intimidated by hired ruffians.
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