LET US TRY TO BE CHEERFUL
Title:Let us Try to Be Cheerful
Date:Sat, Feb 9th, 1861
This satirical and deeply ironic Punch poem is blunt in its condemnation of British economic policy as set out by the Liberal government of the day, naming in particular the contemporary Chancellor of the Exchequer, William Gladstone. Although this is just before the beginning of the American Civil War and the blockade, it gives an indication of the existing financial state of the country, and popular conceptions of its short and medium term future.