Was the satirical name John Wilkes gave to his weekly periodical, launched in June 1762 in opposition to Smollett's the Briton, published in support of Bute's administration. It included severe attacks on the peace of Paris and general abuse of Scots. When the government resolved in April 1763 to prosecute no. 45 as seditious libel, it let ‘Wilkes and Liberty’ out of the bottle.
Subjects: Literature — British History.