ID: 23821
175.00
Omnium gatherum:

BROADSIDE: OMNIUM GATHERUM,, Omnium gatherum: or, the political hodge-podge. To the tune of 'Mrs. Arne, Mrs. Arne, it gives me concern'. n.p. [York?], n.d. [1780].

single sheet broadside (22 x 15.5 cms.), printed in double columns, the margins trimmed but nowhere near printed surface, with a contemporary annotation in ink at foot (see further notes* below). A good, crisp, copy.

A verse attack on Christopher Wyvill and his supporters in the Yorkshire Association, the poem beginning:- 'Kit Wyvill, Kit Wyvill, Indeed you contrive ill, Your principles sudden to change; Your heart sure's as black As the coat on your back, Or you never could alter so strange'. Christopher Wyvill (1738-1822), the political reformer, had launched the so-called Yorkshire Association in late 1779 / early 1780 and became its energetic chairman. The Association, which attracted thousands of 'associators', aimed at lobbying government to shorten the duration of Parliaments and equalise constituency representation, voicing its raison d'Ítre in the 1780 Yorkshire Petition. * The annotation comments on the final stanza: 'See Tooker and Buck here, Two mushrooms of muck here, Disturbing the peace of the county; Their viperous sting At the very man fling, Who rais'd them from naught by his bounty'. The annotator notes that Sam Tooker was an 'associator & lawyer' and that Buck was 'associator & recorder of Leeds'.