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Linton- Life in the Collections

William James Linton:

14) Carmen Triumphale. For the General Rejoicing ordered on May 29, 1856.

n.d. / n.p. (probably Brantwood, 1856)

4-page pamphlet, published anonymously.

Linton’s poem is a caustic satire on the Nativity Story connected to the birth of Napoléon Eugène Louis Bonaparte. The only son of the French Imperial couple was baptized during the Treaty of Paris, the celebrations marking the end of the Crimean War. Decades later Linton would publish another pamphlet on the occasion of the death of the Prince Imperial as a soldier of the British army in the Zulu War.