No doubt this new war will be just as successful as the wars on drugs, poverty, terrorism et cetera. Of course, our interest in the precise details of this or that particular public policy is close to zero, it being generally recognised that the people who devise them are a sorry lot of ill-dressed mediocrities whose relationship with both focus groups and the media might well be metaphorically represented in the kind of images now facing a ban. InWilkes had met Thomas Potter, the fashionable and debauched son of the Archbishop of Canterbury who is chiefly remembered for a an act of bestiality. It appears that Wilkes conceived the idea of a private print-run for the amusement of like-minded friends while with the militia in Wiltshire in
It is famous as it was used to expell John Wilkes from Parliament. It has been described as bawdy, pornographic and containing "the most atrocious Blasphemies". Awake, my St John!
Leave all meaner things To low ambition, and the pride of Kings. Let us since Life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die Expatiate free o'er all this scene of Man; A mighty maze! But not without a plan; A Wild, where weeds and flow'rs promiscuous shoot, Or Garden, tempting with forbidden fruit.
Leave all meaner things; This morn shall prove what rapture swiving brings! Let us since life can little more supply Than just a few good fucks, and then we die Expatiate free o'er that loved scene of man, A mighty maze, for mighty pricks to scan; A wild, where Paphian Thorns promiscuous shoot, Where flowers the Monthly Rose, but yields no Fruit.
O blindness to the future! Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurled, And now a bubble burst, and now a world with Thomas Potter's - O blindness to the future! Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, The man just mounting, and the virgin's fall, Pricks, cunt, and ballocks in convulsions hurled, And now a hymen burst, and now a world Example 3 Some sections could be classed as a little more artistic, perhaps eroticism instead of simple crudity, such as The gasp divine, th'emphatic, thrilling squeeze, The throbbing panting breasts and trembling knees, The tickling motion, the enlivening flow, The raturous shiver and dissolving, oh!
But then it deteriorates into what was seen as "Blasphemy" which I will not reproduce here [but may be found elsewhere].Full text of "An essay on woman in three epistles." by John Wilkes and Thomas Potter Carefully edited and proofread by this editor, martirwithacause, from the scanned original available at benjaminpohle.com Full text of "An essay on woman in three epistles." by John Wilkes and Thomas Potter Carefully edited and proofread by this editor, martirwithacause, from the scanned original available at benjaminpohle.com Other titles are the biography Portrait of a Patriot, Four Portraits () by Peter Quennell (which includes bios of Wilkes, Boswell, Edward Gibbon and Laurence Sterne), Sherrard's A Life of John Wilkes (), Postgate's biography That Devil Wilkes (), reports about his trials in /4 and (search for The Case of John Wilkes), An Essay On Women by John Wilkes and Thomas Potter and even original .
See also Arthur Cash's An Essay on Woman by John Wilkes and Thomas Potter: A Reconstruction of a Lost Book, With an Historical Essay on the Writing, Printing and Suppressing () and his excellent biography of Wilkes, John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty (), for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.
Other articles where An Essay on Woman is discussed: John Wilkes: Expulsion from Parliament: the proof sheets of “Essay on Woman,” an obscene parody on Alexander Pope’s “Essay on Man,” which had been written by Wilkes and Thomas Potter years before.
The Essay on Woman was a parody of Alexander Pope's Essay On Man, written by Thomas Potter around the year with the assistance of John Wilkes 1.