Mum : a political ballad for the present times

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A satire on Walpole and the Whigs.

  • Author: Leslie, Charles, active 1738-1743.
  • Title: Mum : a political ballad for the present times : with annotations political, critical, and historical.
  • Published: Edinburgh : Printed, and sold by the book-sellers in town, MDCCXL [1740]

Catalog Record 

763 740 L56

Acquired October 2018

The monkey and the hounds : a fable

British Library suggests that this is a political satire on Sir Robert Walpole.

  • TitleThe monkey and the hounds : a fable.
  • Published[London?] : [publisher not identified], [1730s?]

Catalog Record

763 730 M74

Acquired October 2017

A draught of the pillar found in the rubbish of Whitehall

Click for larger imageQuote below title: Take away the wicked, from before the King, and his throne shall be establish’d in righteousness. Prov. 25, v. 5.
Latin inscription in image: In perpetuam infamiae memoriam Thomae Wolsaei …

  • Title: A draught of the pillar found in the rubbish of Whitehall [graphic] : humbly inscribed to the Norfolk steward
  • Published: [London? : s.n., circa 1742]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection


Acquired July 2012

Publick credit


Public credit is depicted as a vigorous young gentleman, nobly-dressed in a Senator’s gown, holding a merchant’s account book whose cover is printed with the motto “solutus omni faenore” signifying true credit free from interest. The griffin below signifies safe custody. In the background figures representing Popery, Rebellion, and Slander, all of which seem to threaten Publick Credit are thwarted as is the fox, an emblem of cunning and deceit. Both the text below describing the image and the image above are enclosed in two separate scroll-formed frames; in the center of the scroll at the top is a mask and a dagger. Probably a response to Robert Walpole’s Some considerations concerning the publick funds.

  • Artist: Bickham, George, 1706?-1771.
  • Title: Publick credit [graphic] / G. Bickham invt. et sculp.
  • Published: [London : G. Bickham], May’s Buildings, Covent Garden, October [ the] 18, 1745.

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Acquired October 2011.

A copy of the paper dropt in St. James’s Park …

Copy of a paper dropped...

Satirical handbill offering a reward for the apprehension of the “said Coachman,” said by Narcissus Luttrell to be an attack on Sir Robert Walpole.

  • Title: A copy of the paper dropt in St. James’s Park, or, A hue and cry after a coachman.
  • Published: London : [s.n.], Jan. 11, 1729-30.

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Acquired April, 2011 by the Lewis Walpole Library.

The lessons for the day…

The lessons for the day...

A satire on William Pulteney and his friends. Most of the “second lesson” is by Walpole; originally published without his knowledge, possibly by Sir Charles Hanbury Williams.

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
  • Title: The lessons for the day : being the first and second chapters of the Book of Preferment.
  • Published: London : [s.n.], printed in the year MDCCXLII [1742].

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Acquired December, 2010 by the Lewis Walpole Library.