PUNCH TO PRINCE RUPERT. “At the Manchester distress meeting, the Earl of Derby headed the list with £5,000.” – Times.
Date:Dec 13 1862
This Punch poem celebrates the generosity of Lord Derby, the Conservative Leader of the Opposition, in donating £5000 to a Cotton Famine charity relief fund in Manchester. The poem characterises the statesman pointedly as ‘Prince Rupert’, the successful royalist commander during the English Civil War and nephew of the King. – SR