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Complete Explanation:
Another burlesque parade (see no. 1833-11), satirizing Andrew Jackson as a military hero and President and the local militia displays of the period. The print apparently portrays one of the mock processions actually held in New York during the 1830s. A motley array of characters, some of them on horseback and carrying banners, swords, and lances, proceeds from left to right. They include mainly clowns and other carnival-type figures, with some literary and historical characters such as Don Quixote and Napoleon. The procession is led by a clown-like general resembling Jackson.

The banners read: "Our General!! May he "soon" meet his "reward" in Heaven for his "everlasting" services on "earth."

"Death to the Militia System."

"Soldiers in "peace. Citizens in "War.""

The print is labeled "Part 1st" in the upper left corner. Below the title are the following lines: "Come get thee a sword, tho' made of lath. There's Best's son the tanner, and Dick the Butcher, and Smith the weaver, as ragged as Lazarus. No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them that's flat. Shakespeare."

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