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John Lewis Marks

Receipt assigning copyright and pledging not to print any similar satires 20 October 1820

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The poem A Peep into Windsor Castle after the Lost Mutton was a scurrilous attack on George IV and his failure to appear in public. The author, John Mitford, described a fictional search for George IV (‘the Lost Mutton’), who is characterised as entirely devoid of character, charm or common sense. Although Marks was paid to suppress the piece, the poem was made available to the public via a number of other publishers. One of these, Samuel William Fores, was even bold enough to advertise his edition of the poem as ‘suppressed’ to give it added appeal.