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Wilkes, and Liberty – A New Song

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Wilkes, and Liberty--A New Song. A broadside comprising an engraving printed above two columns of verse in letterpress. The former represents two groups; in one the Earl of Bute, armed with a dagger, tears away the robe of the fainting Britannia, and is about to stab her bare bosom; Earl Temple, armed with a sword, defends Britannia with that weapon, and thrusts forward a shield which is inscribed "North Briton." W. Pitt, who is on his knees, receives the victim in his arms. The other group shows Wilkes, armed with a sword, and having a shield marked "North Briton", joined with C. Churchill, who is dressed in his clerical robes, and carries a cudgel; they are driving away a party of Scottish clients of Lord Bute; one of Wilks's feet is placed on the neck of Tobias Smollett. Date 1763 or later.

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