This pamphlet was widely distributed around the City of London and Westminster, and circulated among peers and members of Parliament, and was considered scandalous and seditious. It compared the Duke of Cumberland to King Richard III, and suggested that the Duke would scruple to use the nation's armed forces to usurp the throne. It was distributed after the Parliament met on the 17th of January 1751 and the king gave a speech announcing a Treaty with Bavaria in which of course was to be subsidized. This was opposed by the prince of Wales's party, led by Lord Egmont. The pamphlet has been generally attributed to the pen of Lord Egmont. According to Horace Walpole, the imputations entertained in the “Queries” were that the Duke of Cumberland had disgraced or dismissed old officers, men of family property, to make way for slaves boys and beggars; that had acquired an absolute power over the army and was endeavoring, to make himself master of the fleet, etc.