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[Royal Banquet Broadside]. Dedicated to the Right Hon. the Lady Mayoress, (without Permission) by

[Royal Banquet Broadside]. Dedicated to the Right Hon. the Lady Mayoress, (without Permission) by a Ragged Scholar, n.p., [York?], n.d., [1850], drop title, twelve-verse poem in double columns, light offsetting and fold creases, 25.5 x 19cm. The occasion of, and target for, this anonymous satirical poem of four-line stanzas was a royal banquet which took place on 25th October 1850 in the Guildhall of York. The poem refers to the Lord Mayor of York, [George Hicks] Seymour, and makes reference to the other mayors of Great Britain and Ireland who were there present, also with references to the banquet`s chef, [Alexis] Soyer. In part: `The guildhall is deck`d/in magnificent taste,/and Soyer has cooked/all his frogs and his paste. .. They`re guzzling and grunting/and gobbling with jest,/and yet when all`s over/tis but a mayor`s nest.. I`d give you their speeches/if I were but there,/but I`m a ragged scholar,/and not yet a mayor.. I had hoped the spare grub/would have come to our school,/but Soyer will bone it,/I`m told - ain`t this cool?`. George Hicks Seymour was a solicitor of Seymour and Blyth, of Lendal, and director of the North Eastern Railway. Inspired by a dinner he had attended in London to organise the then forthcoming Great Exhibition of 1851, and as mayor of York he gave one of the sumptuous feasts ever seen in York. He invited the lord mayor of London to a return meal which included a choice of seventy-two dishes and a royal table, with a `100 guinea` dish including turtle heads and all kind of birds, from turkeys to larks. Prince Albert was the guest of honour and among the guests were the prime minister, Lord Russell and no fewer than eighty-seven heads of corporations from other towns and cities in the British Isles. Presumably the anonymous author was local and the only ragged school in York at the time would appear to have been the York Industrial Ragged School, begun in 1847. Mr T.B. Smithies, writer and editor, was connected with it, but more notoriously it was opened by the parish beadle George Pimm, an alcoholic in whose care many children died and were secretly buried. (1)

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