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A hand colored copper plate engraving, by James Gillray, first published by Hannah Humphrey in 1797, this image issued by Henry G. Bohn in 1847-1851 as part of The Works of James Gillray from the Original Plates with the Addition of Many Subjects Not Before Collected.

Here Gillray comments on the issue of paper money, to save the Bank of England from the consequences of William Pitt's finanicial measures. The Wigs, who opposed the paper money system with all their might, are here endavouring to persuade John Bull (England) to refuse the notes. Pitt , who has the gold safely locked up under the counter, is offering Bull paper bank notes while Sheridan on our left and Fox  on our right try to him convince him to refuse the notes.

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