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George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) Epitaph [mock epitaph on George III, "Button-Maker"]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01531 Author/Creator: George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Broadside Date: 1782 Pagination: 1 p. ; 41.7 x 31.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Satirical epitaph on King George III. Compares George III to various dictatorial rulers, including Caligua and Cesar, Printed by F. Bailey. Inscribed at top to "Mrs. Rebecca Treat at Yorktown -- From Sam: Leatney [?]."

Background Information:

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
George III, King of the United Kingdom, 1738-1820

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarWomen's HistoryHumor and SatireGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDeath

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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