Ode: to the judge

Claud Mccoid

1 sheet ([2] pages) : illustrations ; 34 x 18 cm. “A striking and forceful poem with an obvious reference to Lloyd Kenyon, first Baron Kenyon (1732-1802), Lord Chief Justice, in the satirical headline illustration. Kenyon was a forceful advocate against ‘seditious libel’, something of a 1790’s phenomenon. The gist of the contents is to comment on the state of the law and its administrators and indeed the poem cites several cases: Tom Llyod—publishing a satiric squib held to be seditious in 1792; Reverend William Winterbotham—charged for seditious words uttered in two exquisitely written sermons in 1793.”— John Turton Antiquarian Books.


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