An hiroglyphic epistle from the Devil to Lord N-th.

The letter is headed by etchings of the devil (l.), one of whose legs is a three-pronged fork, addressing an oval bust portrait of Lord North, headed "Lord N.... TH". The words enclosed in brackets are those which are represented by objects.


"My D(ear) Ld

(Ewer) Pol------cal Con(duck)t h(ass) (knot) only made a (grate) Noise upon (ear)th (butt) has set (awl) Hell in an upr(oar). T(hare)s hardly a S(tête)(man) in the (plaice), and we have a good (man)y of them, but (looks) upon it (ass) uni(form). The o(pen)ing of (ewer) (last) Budget w(ass) in m(eye) o(pinion) a (masterstroke indeed (witch) (yew) may easily (mask) over with the Old Phrase Pro Bono Publico. No (body) (can) stig(mat)ize (ewer) L------d(ship) as a griping (minister) nor (can) any (1.) say (yew)ve in this Point laid a t(axe) on the Bowels of the Poor. T(hare) are sever(awl) Articles m(eye) L--d in the Way of Eating (witch) might illustrate (ewer) Good Will (toe) the public, the quant(eye)ty of Meat (witch) is Consumed by the Common (people) Is the Occasion of t(hat) scorbutic or Scurvy Di(sword)er (witch) affects the English Constitution. T(hare)(4) an Xcise laid upon flesh of (awl) sorts would (bee) the best (ant)iscorbutic in the Whole Materia Medica and (ass) (ewer) L--d(ship) is (knot) very (car)nally Inclined (Eye) (don)t doubt (butt) (yew) will shortly b(ring) such a (bill) in(toe) Parlia(men)t. (Fish) and .F(owl) (2) my L--d are of a very viscid Nat(ewer) and are apt to enrich the Blood of such (ass) ought (toe) (bee) kept low, a T(axe) on these Sorts of Food Would in (Time) p(rope)rly dilute & thin the Corpore(awl) (deuce)s [juices] and the Common (people) would (knot) t(hen) (bee) (awl) (toe) (gate) (hare) [altogether] so (saw)cy (ass) (toe) oppose the Measures of t(hare) (ministers) and per(suns) in power (awl)so a Smart dut(eye) on Bread (mill)k Sm(awl) Beer, (Water) &c. For wh(eye) should the Vulgar have any Thing (toe) Eat (butt) Grass Without paying Tri(boot).

(Ewer) Constant Friend & Ally



Published in Dublin, June 23th 1779.


  • Sigrid Frensen 7y

    Very nice and weird!
  • haunted house of projects 7y

    Hmm...think I'll send a rebus to my Congressional Representative...
  • Wonil Suh 7y

    wow, amazing!
  • adriano 7y

    very nice. I always wonder at the fact that in English sometimes it's the sound that matters (witch = which, eye = I) and not the writing, sometimes it's the exact contrary (as for the graphic rhymes in old poems)...
  • Pablo Morales de los Ríos 7y

    I have to do one letter like that one day! But in spanish! :)
  • Marcela Lopez (Mapez) 7y

    wow, beatiful:)
  • Lucy 7y

    This is stunningly intriguing. really extraordinary. Wow.
  • Katze Rubiano 7y

    this is excelent!! excelente material, i`m jelous
  • Marc 7y

    If only that standard pf writing still remained. My father used to write in wonderful copperplate.
  • yobi535 6y

    thank you very much for the translation, a pleasure !!!
    תודה אסף.. זה נפלא,מרתק,מקסים.האם אתה חוקר ומפענח כתבים עתיקים כמקצוע,תחביב? 0
  • jurek lukaszewski 6y

    Super! :)
  • AL-THANI........{H} 6y

    Wooooaw !!!
  • AL-THANI........{H} 6y

    Wonderful !!
  • thefacthatyousucksucks 5y

    people hold more insane superstitions now more than ever-

    as in, 'buy that beer get that girl' or 'buy those jeans get that guy'

    both lies

    both toxic
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