The Tolpuddle Martyrs, 1834
PRO HO 44/27, no. 193

The Political Drama. No. 32.
Most Gracious King, Most Sacred Monarch, Most Sovereign Lord and Divine Master, gifted with grace from GOD, to rule with Paternal Love over millions of Human Beings, your Slaves and Subjects - have Mercy upon us as you hope for Mercy hereafter. - Remember Sire, your Coronation Oath strictly enjoins you to Temper Justice with Mercy. We have committed no moral sin against GOD or Man. Forget not, Sire, that millions of your Sacred Majesty's Loyal subjects are bound by Oaths in their different Societies to protect themselves from unjust encroachments on their Rights. Are not these, Royal Sir, as culpable as ourselves? The Conservatives, Freemasons, Orange Lodges, and Government Spies, GRACIOUS Sire, are all bound by Oaths to protect their Orders, however unlawful they may be; are not these also as culpable as us? O! King! We only bound ourselves for the just protection of our Miserable Earnings - THEY for Oppression, Monopoly, and Plunder. - Oh! Sire! have Mercy on poor Humanity.
Humanity! - Who the hell's he? Come cut your sticks - I'm damn'd if you dont smell of Rebellion, Poverty, and Parish Soup, as strong as Stink pots in a sea fight. - Mercy indeed - dont you wish you may get it - here, take it - over the left. (Aside) - Blast me, they talking about Oaths makes me recollect well when I was in Sarvice (for they always send the greatest Fool in a family to sea), I used to Swear worse than a Ship Parson, - Shiver me; I never Ate, Drank, or had a Woman without prefacing it with a gallus good Oath - that was something like "FLARE UP!"
Pilly, turn your Donkey to 'em, de horrid Paupers, if you give 'em de smallest hopes you shall have no peace for vun month.
Guards, turn the Slaves out they must be Transported, my duty to the Capitalists, Landholders, the Tories and my nine hundred & ninety nine Cousins demand it
"He who trusts in PRINCES shall be thus rewarded".
Printed and Published by G. Drake, 12, Houghton Street, Clare Market.

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