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Huzza for Reform & the Patriot Grey! A truly Constitutional Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Rally round Reform!! & the Patriot Grey!!!

Publisher: John Fairburn

Place of publication: Ludgate Hill, London, England

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Hearts of Oak.

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Special Collections: Eph p/117

There is no evidence to confirm whether this poem does or doesn't have Scottish ties, being a broadside which simply includes its publisher (John Fairburn of Ludgate Hill, London).  The poem celebrates overcoming the 'base Boro' crew' - meaning the 'boroughmongers' and achieving parliamentary reform, so (presumably) the poem is written around 1832.  The poem invokes the history of the reform movement, beginning forty years beforehand, when Earl Grey first articulated his belief in electoral reform.  The poem also commends those who have fought for reform, including the King and John Russell.  Nevertheless, the speaker cautions against complacency and suspects that there will be other attempts to scupper the reform bill. Three other figures: Norfolk, Radnor and Smith (allegedly pro-reformers) are mentioned but it is not clear who they are: the MP for Radnor, Richard Price, for instance, was opposed to reform.