A funeral procession of politicians bearing the coffin of the 1765 Stamp Act to its tomb in the docks where American trade was carried out. Etching after B. Wilson, 1766.
- Wilson, Benjamin, 1721-1788.
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"The repeal" of the 1765 Stamp Act in 1766 is represented as the funeral of a 1-year old infant called Miss Ame (i.e. Amy) Stamp. The stamp duty was a tax on American trade: it was strongly opposed by the elder Pitt. The funeral procession is led by Dr James Scott, author of 'Anti-Sejanus', from which he reads. He is followed by two lawyers who hold two flags decorated with stamps representing the Scottish thistle and the Stuart white rose. They are followed by George Grenville carrying a child's coffin inscribed 'Miss Ame=Stamp B.1765 died 1766'. Lord Bute follows in Scottish attire followed by an agitated Duke of Bedford who is restrained by a weeping Earl Temple. Lord Halifax and the Earl of Sandwich (who holds a paper inscribed 'A catch by Jemmy Twitcher') and two bishops bring up the rear. The warehouse buildings beyond are inscribed 'The Sheffield and Birmingham warehouse goods now ship'd for America.', 'Leeds', 'Halifax' and 'Manchester'. Right, a crated statue of William Pitt the elder is placed on board a ship bound for America
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