This cartoon, appearing in July of 1849, appears to be anonymous. According to the title, Paddy is lifted out of the mire by the smiling Gog and Magog. (Gog and Magog are two mythical survivors of a race of British giants, whose effigies act as porters at the gate of the royal palace.) Under the title is written:
“A Special Court of Commons Council was held on Thursday to consider the propriety of purchasing estates in Ireland, with a view to cultivate and improve the same. * * * That London can and will do this work, her own history affords the most abundant guarantees.”
Vide “Times,” July 7.