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Huzza for Reform and the Garland of Green! A new song.

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Publication: Huzza for Reform and the Garland of Green! A new song.

Published: 1832

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Special Collections: Eph p/132

This poem champions James Aytoun, the radical candidate for the Edinburgh seats, and it derides the two Whig candidates he was planning to stand against at the 1832 election, before he dropped out: Abercromby and Jeffrey.  The poem makes an appeal directly to reformers, and demonstrates that the Reform Bills of 1832 did not satisfy many voters: they wanted to continue the reform cause.   Two woodcut illustrations appear above and below this poem.  The top one includes a laurel wreath of thistles and a Scottish bonnet, the bottom depicts a smiling clown.  The above illustration is a strange inclusion considering the first stanza of the poem states that the thistle (along with the shamrock and rose) are not as fair as the cause of reform and its 'Garland of Green'.