The British military expedition against the Bruges-Ostend canal, 1798: Joseph Jekyll MP provides two different reports …

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The British military expedition against the Bruges-Ostend canal, 1798: Joseph Jekyll MP provides two different reports on it by telegraph, using rolled-up newspapers as telescopes. Coloured etching by J Gillray, 1798. The member of Parliament Joseph Jekyll condemned the expedition in the House of Commons as ineffective, but later withdrew his remarks. The withdrawal was welcomed by Henry Dundas MP, secretary of state for War (the "Mr D" mentioned in the lettering) – British Museum, loc. cit. The two representations of Jekyll in the print represent his two opposing verdicts on the expedition. Created June 23rd 1798. Telegraph. Ostend (Belgium). Great Britain – History, Military (- 1789–1820). France – History, Military (- 1789–1815). Joseph Jekyll (1754–1837). Contributors: James Gillray (1756–1815). Work ID: rc3h49bf.

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