Punch,  13 (1847), 151* [161].

The Lotus-Eaters of Downing Street



News-Commentary, Drollery


Natural History, Government, Animal Behaviour, Commerce, Political Economy

Publications cited:

Annals of Natural History

    Reports on news that Mr Munsby has 'discovered the true Lotus in the Nitraria tridentata' near Tunis. Rejects this claim and insists that the 'true Lotus grows in England', and 'wraps a man in sweetest indolence, making him careless, if not entirely oblivious, of the wants and miseries of his own country'. Explains why the lotus is 'the golden fruit of the Treasury', of which 'Her Majesty's ministers' have 'taken a bellyful'.

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