Twitcher, Jemmy

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Beggar's Opera

John Wilkes (1727—1797) politician

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In Gay's The Beggar's Opera, one of Captain Macheath's associates, who betrays him. The nickname was given to the fourth earl of Sandwich (1718–92), who had been associated with Wilkes in the Medmenham ‘brotherhood’.

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