The following letter* was written by Anthony Henley, Member of Parliament for Southampton from 1727 to 1734, to his constituents who had protested to him about the Excise Bill:
QE2 leaving Southampton found here
I received yours and am surprised by your insolence in troubling me about the Excise. You know, what I very well know, that I bought you.
Know What I Mean? found here
And I know, what perhaps you think I don’t know, you are now selling yourselves to Somebody Else; and I know, what you do not know, that I am buying another borough. May God’s curse light upon you all: may your houses be as open and common to all Excise Officers as your wives and daughters were to me, when I stood for your scoundrell corporation.
Magnificent Scoundrel found here
(In the previous year, on 31 March, the Weekly Register had noted:
Lady Betty Berkeley, daughter of the Earl of that name, being almost fifteen has thought it time to be married, and ran away last week with Mr Henley, a man noted for his impudence and immorality but a good estate and a beau.)
* originally found in Christmas Crackers by John Julius Norwich
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