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Spoof ad from the celebratory broadsheet issue of
The Craftsman, 21st April, 1733.

The Customs & Excise Bill

The Craftsman's reaction to the demise of
The Excise Bill

The Battles of the Pamphlets
see here

The name of Hogarth in the spoof ad, left, excites comment.
See here.


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.

Timeline 2 1698-1749: Part One: up to the Accession of George II
Timeline 2 1698-1749: Part Two: from the Accession of George II

timeline 1: 1652-1698             timeline 3: 1749-1755
introduction       background
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