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Excise A Comical Hieroglyphical Epistle from (Beelzebub) to (Lord Bute) (BM 1868,0808.4292)

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Excise A Comical Hieroglyphical Epistle from (Beelzebub) to (Lord Bute) (BM 1868,0808.4292)

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A rebus letter headed by representations of the Devil with a fork for a foot, and Lord Bute's head and shoulders of Bute taken from Ramsay's portrait (not caricatured). The letter suggests that, following his "diabolic" conclusion of the Peace with France and the "master stroke" of the Cider Tax, Bute should introduce taxes on other food and drink, "for why should the Vulgar (who are no more than Brutes in your Opinion) have anything to Eat above Grass without paying Tribute to their Superiors" 1 April 1763
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1763
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British Museum
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