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From An Old Radical, to his Cronie.

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon [J. G.. Mill Street, Paisley]

Publication: Paisley Daily Express

Published: 27 September 1884

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
John Baird (1790-1820)
Andrew Hardie (1793-1820)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library

The poet reflects on the Radical Martyrs of 1820 - Hardie and Baird - and is critical of the blocking tactics of the Lords. He encourages his Cronie to seize again the spirit of 1832. This should be read against the Paisley Franchise Demonstration of September 1884 in which veterans of 1832 took part. The notion of a radical legacy is to the fore in this poem.