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Late 18th - early 19th century, with later engraving?
Artist/maker unknown, English

The "wooden shoes" mentioned in the toast are a derogatory reference to French support and influence under Catholic Stuart rule. "Brass money" refers to the base coinage struck in 1689 on the orders of the Stuart king, James II. And "Gun of Athlone" refers to William III's awarding the title of Earl of Athlone to a Dutch general in appreciation for service in battle.

The toast continues, "The gun in the Pope's belly, the Pope in the devil's belly, the devil in Hell, Hell in flames with the gates locked and the keys in a Protestant pocket. And to hell with the Bishop of Cork." In 1713, the Bishop of Cork condemned the custom of drinking to the "immortal memory" of King William.

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