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These are the People all tatter’d and torn

This volume - 'Hone's popular political tracts' - is a bound collection of satirical pamphlets by the author and publisher William Hone dating from 1820-1822, most of which have been illustrated by George Cruikshank. In 1817 Hone was arrested for sedition and prosecuted, in a series of politically motivated cases, on charges of blasphemy. His acquittal by three separate juries, despite a very hostile judge, is seen as a marking a turning point for press freedom in Britain.

The images below contain engravings and verse which refer to the Peterloo Massacre, the campaign for a free press and the broader reform movement. They include extracts from ‘The Political House that Jack Built’, 1820, 'The right divine of kings to govern wrong', 1821, 'The man in the moon', 1821, and 'A slap at slop', 1822 (an attack on 'Dr Slop', aka the editor of The Times).

'Hone's popular political tracts' is included in the University of Warwick Library Special Collections (reference: JA 4.H6), and can be read in full through Warwick Digital Collections. 'The three trials of William Hone, for publishing three parodies', Hone's 1818 report of his arrest and trial, is also included in Library Special Collections (reference: KB 65.H6).

The political house that Jack built