A PAIR OF VERY RIOTOUS FELLOWS alias RADICALS of the NEW SCHOOL... Materials:
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London, England Date: March?, 1830 Schools/Styles:
[British Museum Satires 16075]
Description No. 56. Below the title: '"Ye little Stars (Such as Hunt & Cobbett) hide your diminished heads."' [adapting 'Paradise Lost']. Lord Stanhope and Lord Eldon, both wearing top-hats, stand together, tipsily swaggering; the former holds Eldon's arm. Wellington (left), dressed as one of the New Police (see BM Satires No. 15768, &c), watches them, saying, 'I say my worthies, can't you go on quietly & not make such a confounded noise—why you will frighten all the old women out of their wits.—' Stanhope snaps his fingers at Wellington, and turns to Eldon: 'That's a pretty thing to say to people in our desperate condition! Go on quietly & dont make a noise!' Eldon: 'I can tell you my fine fellew [sic]! "that you must submit to hear more noise unless something be done for the people— I know the law as well as you or any man in England—and D—me! I'll make as much noise as I like.' [? March 1830]
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A satire on the Tory revolt against Wellington, with perhaps especial reference to the debate of 18 March on the State of the Labouring Classes in which both peers spoke and voted against the Ministry. 'Parl. Deb.', N.S. xxiii. 496 ff. Cf. No. 16070; see No. 16302, &c. The revolt did not go according to plan, cf. No. 16389.