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The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility

The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility

 
 
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Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men, several clergymen and one female slave among them, comment on the candidates and their parties, politics, and religion, as well as referencing current events and social or political organizations, such as the "White Oaks." A black servant reassures his master that he will take care of his "toes", and two black boys converse together. Includes a lengthly "medley" of verses sung to a variety of tunes popular at the time.
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This pro-Benjamin Franklin cartoon is one of the earliest American-created pictures of voting. Henry Dawkins, to whom this work is attributed, created satirical images for opposing sides of the hotly contested 1764 Pennsylvania election in which Presbyterians unseated Benjamin Franklin (in the only election he ever lost) and the Quaker Party with which he was affiliated.
Purchase; William Reese Company; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:080).
Exhibited in: "Creating the United States" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2010-2011.

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01/01/1764
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Dawkins, Henry, -1786?
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