The Sinecurist's Creed, or Belief
The Sinecurist's Creed, or Belief was one of four liturgical parodies Hone composed and published in very early 1817. Together with The Late John Wilkes's Catechism and The Political Litany, The Sinecurist's Creed was one of the works singled out by the Attorney General for prosecution in December of that year. (The fourth parody, The Bullet Te Deum, was ignored by the authorities, perhaps because a well-publicized prosecution would likely have served only to increase the pamphlet's public visibility.) Borrowing its form from the Book of Common Prayer's Athanasian Creed, The Sinecurist's Creed is clearly a political attack on three prominent figures in the Tory government: Eldon ("Old Bags"), Castlereagh ("Derry Down Triangle"), and Sidmouth ("the Doctor").
The original pamplet was brief, 8-page, small format publication that Hone sold for eight pence for four copies or a shilling for eight. Such a pricing scheme, incidentally, suggests that Hone was marketing specifically to the "carriage trade"; he was selling to persons who would resell the pamphlets at a profit. In addition, these brief (and profitable) texts were quickly pirated by provincial printers further increasing their circulation among the English readership. The present electronic edition offers a facsimile of the title page followed by a reading text of the parody and of the end-paper advertisements.
Title Page Transcription:
THE | SINECURIST'S | CREED | or | BELIEF; | as the same can or may be Sung or Said | THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM. | Quicinque vult. | By Authority. | FROM HONE'S WEEKLY COMMENTARY, NO. 2. | LONDON: | Printed for one of the Candidates for the Office of Printer to the KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY, and sold by WILLIAM HONE, 55, Fleet Street, and 67, Old Bailey, three Doors from Ludgate Hill. 1817. Price Two-pence.
The Sinecurist's Creed:
¶ Upon all suitable occasions may be sung or said the following CONFESSION--upstanding and uncovered.
WHOSOEVER will be a Sinecurist: before all things it is necessary that
he hold a place of profit.
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But the Ministry of Old Bags, of Derry Down Triangle, and of the Doctor,
is all one: the folly equal, the profusion coeternal.
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For like as we are compelled by real verity: to acknowledge every Minister
by himself to be Quack and Fool:
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Ministry of the great man now no more, is now both Minister and Manager.
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Laureate in token of joy, shall mournfully chaunt the most doleful Lay
in his Works.
[Here endeth the Creed or Belief.]
[end page 7]
[Hone's notes--in the original, the notes appear at the foot of the appropriate page.]
* Triangle, s. a thing having three sides; the meanest and most tinkling of all musical instruments; machinery used in military torture. -- DICTIONARY [return]
* All-twattle:--Twattle, v. n. to prate, gabble, chatter, talk idly. -- ENTICK'S DICT. [return]
* Neither born nor begotten, but the D____l _______. -- SCHOOLBOY'S SAYING. [return]
JUST PUBLISHED BY W. HONE,
Uniform with this CREED, forming a Companion to it;
T H E
SAID OR SUNG,
APPOINTED CHANGE COME,
Throughout the Dominion of ENGLAND and WALES, and
By Special Command.
THE POLITICAL CATECHISM,
THE BULLET TE DEUM,