On Mister Surgeon Thelwall
The Tomahawk (October 27, 1795)
Poor Mister Thelwall has exhausted
All his little stock of wit,
The fellow merits—to be hoisted;
So high he soars—to pick a bit.
He dealt with resurrection-men,
To make the Quick rise now he's at;
But sure we cannot wonder, when
The fellow is a Democrat!
If he would eat in peace his bread,
Why let him follow ancient thriving;
Go pick the BONES then of the dead
And not the POCKETS of the living!
1. In May, 1794, John Thelwall, along with Thomas Hardy and Horne Tooke, were charged with high treason. They were all acquitted in December, 1794.