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North Briton

North Briton was the satirical name John Wilkes gave to his weekly periodical, launched in June 1762 in opposition to Smollett's Briton, published in support of Bute's administration. It included severe attacks on the peace of Paris and general abuse of Scots. Issue no. 12 led to a duel between Wilkes and Lord Talbot, and when the government resolved in April 1763 to prosecute no. 45 as seditious libel, it let ‘Wilkes and Liberty’ out of the bottle.

J. A. Cannon

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