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The ruins of Phelps & Peck's store

The ruins of Phelps & Peck's store

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Clay, E.W.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 C

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 C

Print shows an African American woman, wearing a very large hat, in a shop trying to purchase a pair of stockings. Title from item. Plate XI. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man?" ... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Print shows an African American couple walking on the street; the woman asks the man whether he likes the waltz. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:253). Title from item. Caption: "How you like de waltz, Mr. Lorenzo?" "'... More

Life in Philadelphia. How you like de new fashiom shirt, Miss Florinda? lith. of Imbert

Life in Philadelphia. How you like de new fashiom shirt, Miss Florinda...

Print shows a garishly dressed African American man talking with a garishly dressed African American woman in a parlor. Title from item. Caption continues: I tink dey mighty elegum I see you on new year day wh... More

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A satire on dissension and political intrigue within Andrew Jackson's administration, surrounding the Spring 1831 resignations of several members of his Cabinet. In the center Jackson sits in a collapsing chair... More

Set-to between the champion old tip & the swell Dutcheman of Kinderhook -- 1836

Set-to between the champion old tip & the swell Dutcheman of Kinderhoo...

Satire on the presidential campaign of 1836, portraying the contest as a boxing match between Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren and Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. The artist clearly favors Harrison.... More

On the way to Araby!

On the way to Araby!

Satire on the Jackson administration's continuing battle against the Bank of the United States. The print was specifically occasioned by the re-chartering of the Bank by the Whig-controlled Pennsylvania Legisla... More

New edition of MacBeth. Bank-oh's! Ghost

New edition of MacBeth. Bank-oh's! Ghost

Another satire on the Panic of 1837, again condemning Van Buren's continuation of predecessor Andrew Jackson's hard-money policies as the source of the crisis. Clay shows the president haunted by the ghost of C... More

Whig bazaar

Whig bazaar

Publd. by H.R. Robinson, 52 Cortlandt St. N-York. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837 by H.R. Robinson, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern Distr... More

Old Jack in the last agony and the fox caught in a rat trap

Old Jack in the last agony and the fox caught in a rat trap

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837, by H.R. Robinson, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, of the Southern District of New York. Printed & published by H.R. Robi... More

Settin' on a rail

Settin' on a rail

A satire, probably issued during August or September 1837, on the tug-of-war for influence on the President between Jacksonian Democrats and the "soft money" or conservative elements of the party. Here the arti... More

Uncle Sam sick with la grippe

Uncle Sam sick with la grippe

A satire attributing the dire fiscal straits of the nation to Andrew Jackson's banking policies, with specific reference to recent bank failures in New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. The artist blames th... More

How to make the mare/Mayor go

How to make the mare/Mayor go

Another satire on the 1838 New York mayoral contest, this time suggesting collusion between Whig candidate and incumbent mayor Aaron Clark and conservative Democrat Richard Riker. Here Clark sits on his stalled... More

All on Hobbies, Gee Up, Gee Ho!
The disappointed abolitionists. Book illustration from Library of Congress

The disappointed abolitionists. Book illustration from Library of Cong...

Three men at left, one saying, "Verily friend Darg since we have returned thee thy money, I claim the reward of $1000 - Brother Barney Corse was merely my agent, verily!" Another "Yea verily I was but thy instr... More

The Majestic and Graceful Giraffes, or Cameleopards, with some Rare Animals of the Gazelle Species
Executive mercy/Marcy and the Bambers

Executive mercy/Marcy and the Bambers

An attack on New York governor William L. Marcy's controversial decision to surrender Irish fugitives John Bamber, Sr., and his son James to the British consul after their detention in New York. The Bambers, wa... More

Loco Foco persecution, or custom house, versus caricatures

Loco Foco persecution, or custom house, versus caricatures

A satire on the publisher's own troubles with the Democratic establishment in New York. In his print shop Henry R. Robinson is confronted by an unidentified man (center, arms crossed) who says, "I am determined... More

Loco Foco expresses. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Loco Foco expresses. Book illustration from Library of Congress

A commentary on the Whigs' disappointment of "Loco Foco" Democratic expectations in the New York municipal elections of spring 1838. Successful Whig mayoral candidate Aaron Clark holds two horses by their tails... More

Machines for the new pay-tent office

Machines for the new pay-tent office

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1838, by H.R. Robinson, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York. Printed & published by H.R. Rob... More

The three mares/mayors, New York course, spring races, 1838

The three mares/mayors, New York course, spring races, 1838

A satire on the 1838 New York mayoralty contest, here shown as a horse race between (left to right) Whig candidate Aaron Clark, Democrat Richard Riker, and Loco Foco Democrat Isaac L. Varian. Clark is clearly i... More

Animal magnetism

Animal magnetism

A swipe at President Van Buren's independent treasury system and his continuation of the monetary policies of predecessor Andrew Jackson. The artist, clearly in sympathy with the Whigs, links corruption in the ... More

Going up Salt River

Going up Salt River

Political cartoons friendly to Van Buren were the rare exception during the 1840 campaign. Here the artist parodies the exploitation by Whig politicians of populist candidate William Henry Harrison. Martin Van ... More

This is the house that Jack built

This is the house that Jack built

The Van Buren administration's record, particularly with regard to the handling of public finances, is condemned as corrupt and a perpetuation of unpopular Jacksonian policies. The artist echoes perennial Whig ... More

An interesting family

An interesting family

A caricature of Martin Van Buren as an opossum. The marsupial, with a smirking Van Buren's head, rises on its hindquarters and displays in its pouch three of its "young." They are administration insiders (left... More

The almighty lever. Book illustration from Library of Congress

The almighty lever. Book illustration from Library of Congress

E. W. Clay's apocalyptic allegory has public opinion as a giant lever, tilting decisively in favor of the Whigs late in the presidential campaign of 1840. In a symbolic landscape masses of people climb onto the... More

Notice to quit. March 4th 1841

Notice to quit. March 4th 1841

An optimistic Whig artist (probably Edward Williams Clay) portrays Martin Van Buren's evacuation of the White House on Inauguration Day 1841. A disgruntled Van Buren descends the steps, muttering "Our sufferin... More

The ship of state on a lee shore, experienced  hands coming to her rescue

The ship of state on a lee shore, experienced hands coming to her res...

The artist forecasts a Whig electoral victory and dramatizes the politically ruinous effects of Van Buren's fiscal policy and his alignment with Loco Foco forces in New York. Whig candidate William Henry Harri... More

Matty's dream. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Matty's dream. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Clay portrays Martin Van Buren driven from the White House by nightmares of cider barrels and Whig presidential challenger William Henry Harrison. Van Buren flees the presidential mansion in his nightshirt, dro... More

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

A pro-Whig satire on the presidential campaign of 1840. Martin Van Buren is neck-deep in the waters of "Salt River," a colloquial term for political misfortune or failure. He sinks under the weight of boxes m... More

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

A scornful look at the reception of German ballerina Fanny Elssler in Baltimore. The New York artist ridicules the adulation given the touring performer by the Baltimore public. During her July 1840 visit there... More

All the West going for Matty

All the West going for Matty

A Whig cartoon spoofing Democratic claims of Western support for Van Buren during the election of 1840. Pursued by animals from the "Alleghany Mountains" and the Mississippi River, including among others a buf... More

The fox chace. Book illustration from Library of Congress

The fox chace. Book illustration from Library of Congress

The artist's portrayal of Harrison's rout of Van Buren reflects strong Whig confidence late in the presidential campaign of 1840. Van Buren is shown as a fox, with a bird (an albatross?) labeled "Treasury" aro... More

Neptune House, New Rochelle, West Chester County, New York

Neptune House, New Rochelle, West Chester County, New York

Print shows a scenic advertisement, with the date "July 1st, 1842" in the ad. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Clay, E.W. Currier & Ives : a catal... More

The mountain in labor

The mountain in labor

The artist employs Aesop's fable about the mountain which was said to be in labor, its dreadful groans attracting expectant crowds only to be disappointed when it issued forth a small mouse. Here the mountain i... More

O'Connell's call and Pat's reply

O'Connell's call and Pat's reply

A condemnation of Daniel O'Connell's agitation of Irish immigrants in the United States against slavery. The artist, certainly E.W. Clay, presents a loaded contrast between turbulent conditions in Ireland and t... More

Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop

Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop

A cryptic satire possibly dealing with some facet of the 1844 presidential campaign. The print features two unsuccessful aspirants for the Democratic presidential nomination: Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Joh... More

The whale that swallowed Jonah

The whale that swallowed Jonah

An election-year cartoon satirizing disharmony within the Whig ranks on the bank issue. The artist suggests a division of opinion between New England's Daniel Webster and presidential nominee Henry Clay on the ... More

Political Jesuitism--or interest versus principle

Political Jesuitism--or interest versus principle

A virulent attack on Vice-President George M. Dallas, charging the former Pennsylvania attorney and senator with duplicity in his stand on the tariff of 1846. "Jesuitism" was a strong contemporary term for dece... More

Funeral obsequies of free-trade

Funeral obsequies of free-trade

A gloomy view of the effects of the Polk administration's Tariff of 1846. The artist echoes Whig condemnation of the measure as adverse to American trade. A funeral cortege, composed of administration supporter... More

Present Presidential position. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Present Presidential position. Book illustration from Library of Congr...

Once again Polk's handling of the Oregon territorial dispute between the United States and Great Britain is criticized. (See "Polk's Dream" and "War! or No War!" nos. 1846-2 and 1846-4). Here the artist seems t... More

Ultimatum on the Oregon question

Ultimatum on the Oregon question

In his typically jingoist view of Polk's handling of the Oregon question, the artist Edward Williams Clay belittles the self-interested attitudes of Europe toward the dispute. The issue of whether to settle the... More

One of the young bo-hoys in exstacies before the coons of 1844

One of the young bo-hoys in exstacies before the coons of 1844

A satire, puzzling in its precise meaning, on the ascendance of the radical wing of the Whig party in New York's gubernatorial election of 1846. Influential radical journalist Horace Greeley dances a jig to th... More

Polk's dream Historic map, Library of Congress

Polk's dream Historic map, Library of Congress

Here Clay is critical of James K. Polk's public advocacy of the 54.40 parallel as the northern boundary of American territory in Oregon. The cartoon also alludes to widespread uncertainty as to the course the ... More

The organ kicked out

The organ kicked out

The Senate's February 1847 resolution barring reporters and editors of the "Washington Union" from the Senate floor and gallery was the basis for the artist's demeaning portrayal of the newspaper's powerful edi... More

Political game of brag. Shew of hands

Political game of brag. Shew of hands

The artist resorts to the familiar metaphor of a card game for the presidential stakes in his rendition of the 1848 contest. The major contenders play a game of "brag" (an early form of poker). Around the tabl... More

Grand set to between rough and ready and Genal. Gas

Grand set to between rough and ready and Genal. Gas

Zachary Taylor and Lewis Cass engage in a bout of fisticuffs in their battle for the presidency in 1848. Taylor, clearly getting the better of his opponent, seizes Cass by the lapels saying, "A little more gra... More

Scene in Uncle Sam's Senate. 17th April 1850

Scene in Uncle Sam's Senate. 17th April 1850

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek dramatization of the moment during the heated debate in the Senate over the admission of California as a free state when Mississippi senator Henry S. Foote drew a pistol on Thomas Har... More

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

The opposition of Northern abolitionists, churchmen, and political figures to enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is criticized in this rare pro-Southern cartoon. In two panels artist Edward Williams ... More

A big blue bottle fly in the web

A big blue bottle fly in the web

Another swipe at Whig candidate Winfield Scott's manipulation by antislavery Whigs Seward and Greeley. Here, Scott is a fly caught in a large web, spun by spiders Greeley (left) and Seward (right). Scott excl... More

The fish question settled

The fish question settled

A facetious, and somewhat racist, look at public opinion surrounding the controversy over American fishing rights in British-controlled waters off North America. (See also "John Bull's Fish Monopoly," no. 1852-... More

John Bull's fish monopoly

John Bull's fish monopoly

An anti-British satire, reflecting American enragement at Britain's tightening of restrictions on territorial waters open to American fishermen off the coast of Canada. In July 1852, England notified the Unite... More

Experiments on the tight rope

Experiments on the tight rope

A figurative portrayal of Whig candidate Winfield Scott's failure in the 1852 presidential contest, attributed by the artist to his alliance with abolitionist interests. Scott is hoisted aloft via a pulley sys... More

Ornithology

Ornithology

A mild election-year cartoon portraying Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott (left) as a turkey and Democrat Franklin Pierce (right) as a gamecock. The two face each other from opposite sides of "Mason &... More

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane." Tune "Will you come to the bower"

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane....

Winfield Scott's controversial performance as commander in the War of 1812 battle at Lundy's Lane turned to account by the artist in this parody of the general's candidacy in 1852. The battle of Lundy's Lane ag... More

Major Ringgold: mortally wounded at the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8th 1846 EWC

Major Ringgold: mortally wounded at the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8th 1...

Print shows Major Samuel Ringgold with wounds to his legs, supported by two fellow officers, his horse on the ground next to him, also suffering from wounds, another officer stands next to the horse and one lie... More

Town & country making another drive at the great question.--No go!!

Town & country making another drive at the great question.--No go!!

A mild reproof of Zachary Taylor's evasion of the slavery question in the campaign of 1848. Although Taylor's views were widely broadcast in the form of published letters, his stand on the main issue--the Wilmo... More

Major Ringgold: mortally wounded at the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8th 1846 EWC

Major Ringgold: mortally wounded at the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8th 1...

Print shows Major Samuel Ringgold with wounds to his legs, supported by two fellow officers, his horse on the ground next to him, also suffering from wounds, another officer stands next to the horse and one lie... More

Smithsonian Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island (cropped)

Smithsonian Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island (cropped)

Colored engraving of the bay and harbor of New York viewed from Staten Island

Smithsonian Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island

Smithsonian Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island

Colored engraving of the bay and harbor of New York viewed from Staten Island

Bay and harbour of New York from Staten Island (NYPL b13476048-423278) (cropped)

Bay and harbour of New York from Staten Island (NYPL b13476048-423278)...

Engraving of Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island published in the New-York Mirror

Bay and harbour of New York from Staten Island (NYPL b13476048-423278)

Bay and harbour of New York from Staten Island (NYPL b13476048-423278)

Printmakers include W.J. Bennett, Henry Farrer, George Hayward, Sarony, Major & Knapp and Thomas Kelah Wharton. Title from Calendar of Emmet Collection. EM11906 Statement of responsibility : J.A. Rolph

Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836

Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836

A figurative portrayal -- clearly sympathetic to the Whig party -- of the 1836 presidential election contest as a horse race between four candidates. The four are identified in the legend as (left to right): "O... More

Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836

Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836

A figurative portrayal -- clearly sympathetic to the Whig party -- of the 1836 presidential election contest as a horse race between four candidates. The four are identified in the legend as (left to right): "O... More

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

Again, the race motif is used to parody election-year rivalries. (See "Footrace, Pensylvania Avenue," no. 1844-41). Here the artist portrays the candidates as horses, lining up before a stand from which several... More

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

Again, the race motif is used to parody election-year rivalries. (See "Footrace, Pensylvania Avenue," no. 1844-41). Here the artist portrays the candidates as horses, lining up before a stand from which several... More

Zachary Taylor, major genl. of the U.S. Army / F. Michelin Lith. 111 Nassau St., N.Y. ; drawn by Edwd. Clay.

Zachary Taylor, major genl. of the U.S. Army / F. Michelin Lith. 111 N...

Print showing Zachary Taylor, head-and-shoulders portrait, right profile. 124 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Facsimile signature "Z. Taylor" at head of title. Inscribed in ink: 124. Deposited in the Cl... More

Zachary Taylor, major genl. of the U.S. Army / F. Michelin Lith. 111 Nassau St., N.Y. ; drawn by Edwd. Clay.

Zachary Taylor, major genl. of the U.S. Army / F. Michelin Lith. 111 N...

Print showing Zachary Taylor, head-and-shoulders portrait, right profile. 124 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Facsimile signature "Z. Taylor" at head of title. Inscribed in ink: 124. Deposited in the Cl... More

Battle of the Thames. Respectfully dedicated to Andrew Jackson Esq. President of the United States / Clay ; J. Dorival, Lith.

Battle of the Thames. Respectfully dedicated to Andrew Jackson Esq. Pr...

Print shows American forces fighting Tecumseh's Indian confederation. In the center Col. R. M. Johnson shoots Tecumseh who has raised his tomahawk. A legend at the bottom describes the men pictured and describ... More

Battle of the Thames. Respectfully dedicated to Andrew Jackson Esq. President of the United States / Clay ; J. Dorival, Lith.

Battle of the Thames. Respectfully dedicated to Andrew Jackson Esq. Pr...

Print shows American forces fighting Tecumseh's Indian confederation. In the center Col. R. M. Johnson shoots Tecumseh who has raised his tomahawk. A legend at the bottom describes the men pictured and describ... More

The times

The times

A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837. Again, the blame is laid on the treasury policies of Andrew Jackson, whose hat, spectac... More

The times

The times

A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837. Again, the blame is laid on the treasury policies of Andrew Jackson, whose hat, spectac... More

The times

The times

A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837. Again, the blame is laid on the treasury policies of Andrew Jackson, whose hat, spectac... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 14 / Clay.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 14 / Clay.

Print shows an African American woman in a millinery shop trying on a large bonnet; she asks the advice of a man who tells her he doesn't like it because it is too large and hides her face. Exchange; (DLC/PP-19... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 14 / Clay.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 14 / Clay.

Print shows an African American woman in a millinery shop trying on a large bonnet; she asks the advice of a man who tells her he doesn't like it because it is too large and hides her face. Exchange; (DLC/PP-19... More

Madame Lecompte. Principal danseuse at the Theatres Royal Paris, London, St. Petersburg  in the character of the abbess, in Robert le diable. [Lithograph] EWC [Edward Williams Clay].
The nations bulwark.  A well disciplined militia

The nations bulwark. A well disciplined militia

A satire on the Philadelphia militia, the first and apparently only number issued in a projected series of "Sketches of Character" by Edward Williams Clay. In the center an officer reviews a disorderly line of ... More

The nations bulwark.  A well disciplined militia

The nations bulwark. A well disciplined militia

A satire on the Philadelphia militia, the first and apparently only number issued in a projected series of "Sketches of Character" by Edward Williams Clay. In the center an officer reviews a disorderly line of ... More

N. Tom o' logical studies. The great tumble bug of Missouri, bent-on rollin his ball

N. Tom o' logical studies. The great tumble bug of Missouri, bent-on r...

A caricature of Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton, as an insect rolling a large ball "Expunging Resolution" uphill toward the Capitol. The print employs Benton's own metaphor of rolling a ball for his uphill ... More

N. Tom o' logical studies. The great tumble bug of Missouri, bent-on rollin his ball

N. Tom o' logical studies. The great tumble bug of Missouri, bent-on r...

A caricature of Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton, as an insect rolling a large ball "Expunging Resolution" uphill toward the Capitol. The print employs Benton's own metaphor of rolling a ball for his uphill ... More

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

A satire on patronage and corruption in New York State politics, based on the medieval theme, perpetuated in American folk art, of the "life and ages of man." Here the seven stages are illustrated as key points... More

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

A satire on patronage and corruption in New York State politics, based on the medieval theme, perpetuated in American folk art, of the "life and ages of man." Here the seven stages are illustrated as key points... More

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

The seven stages of the office seeker / Clay, fecit.

A satire on patronage and corruption in New York State politics, based on the medieval theme, perpetuated in American folk art, of the "life and ages of man." Here the seven stages are illustrated as key points... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Print shows an African American woman, wearing a very large hat, in a shop trying to purchase a pair of stockings. Title from item. Plate XI. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man?" ... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Print shows an African American woman, wearing a very large hat, in a shop trying to purchase a pair of stockings. Title from item. Plate XI. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man?" ... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 / C.

Print shows an African American woman, wearing a very large hat, in a shop trying to purchase a pair of stockings. Title from item. Plate XI. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man?" ... More

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

Print shows an idealized portrayal of American slavery and the conditions of blacks under this system in 1841. The Library's impression of the print is a fragment--the left panel only--of a larger print entitle... More

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

Print shows an idealized portrayal of American slavery and the conditions of blacks under this system in 1841. The Library's impression of the print is a fragment--the left panel only--of a larger print entitle... More

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

America / E.W.C. - Print, Library of Congress collection

Print shows an idealized portrayal of American slavery and the conditions of blacks under this system in 1841. The Library's impression of the print is a fragment--the left panel only--of a larger print entitle... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 8 / Monsr. [Key] fecit.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 8 / Monsr. [Key] fecit.

Print shows a dandy on a Philadelphia street accosting a woman wearing a large coat with a large hood covering her hairdo. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:238). Title from item. Caption: "Good evening Miss, shall I have... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 8 / Monsr. [Key] fecit.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 8 / Monsr. [Key] fecit.

Print shows a dandy on a Philadelphia street accosting a woman wearing a large coat with a large hood covering her hairdo. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:238). Title from item. Caption: "Good evening Miss, shall I have... More