John Wolcot (Peter Pindar)

That so keen a satirist as himself should have many enemies was natural, especially as his exposure of the foibles of George III had made him be set down for a Jacobin, which he was not . . .

When an old lady asked him if he did not think he was a very bad subject of our most pious king George, he replied,

'I do not know anything about that, Madam, but I do know that the king has been a devilish good subject for me.'

From Cyrus Redding, Fifty Years Recollections, Literary and Personal (1858), i. 257-258.