That's a beautiful drink that Gladstone is giving the Cardinal : out of his bottle! It is called ''Disestablishment''.
Election broadside issued in support of Benjamin Disraeli featuring satirical image of Cardinal Cullen, William Gladstone and John Bright with references to Act III, Scene II of 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare where the characters Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano continue to drink and wander lost about the island [this scene in The Tempest dramatises the initial encounter between an almost completely isolated, “primitive” culture and a foreign, “civilized” one and where the character of Caliban appears to be more monster than man]. With references in text to the Fenians and the rising of 1848 - "...Irishmen! remember '48. Remember the men that were in earnest to get Repeal - Smith O'Brien, Mitchell, Meagher, Duffy, D'Arcy McGee, McManus. How did the priests serve them? Just as they will serve you - pretend to join with you till they lure you on your ruin, and then make money for themselves by your fall. Remember Stephens and O'Donovan, and the Fenians of '65 and then send those men to Parliament who sent them to the gallows and penal servitude for ever. No, Irishmen, the priests and their pet Members do not want Repeal; but I'll tell you what they do want - they want to make it for ever impossible, by keeping up bad blood between you and your Protestant friends and neighbours, to make you hate and distrust Protestants, and make them doubt and fear you".
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[S.l. : s.b., n.d., ca. 1868?]
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 sheet : ill. ; 52 x 28 cm.