The craftsman's observations on this celebrated Bill, in his leader column, April 21, 1733, are given in full below, but some excerpts, along with additional news items, seem of special interest.
In 1733 Burlington, arbiter of taste, broke politically with Robert Walpole, as noted on the timeline page, here. The opposition to Walpole's ministry intensified, and there was much pamphleteering. Eustace Budgell published A Short History of Prime Ministers, an aggressively hostile sally. The Rise and Fall of the Late Projected Excise, Impartially Consider'd, by a "Friend to the English Constitution", was probably by Robert Walpole's elder brother, Horatio Walpole. Mr Thomas Walker, Sir Robert's "Toad-eater", became an MP at age 69, and made his first and only speech in defence of the Bill. In spite of the jubilance with which the demise of the Bill was greeted in many quarters, it is commented that: "From 1734 to 1736 the Opposition despaired and Walpole [still] seemed at the height of his political career." See here.