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A Treasury Lament

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Glasgow Chronicle

Published: 22 June 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 42a
Pages(s): 1

This poem is attributed to the Tyne Mercury, a Newcastle newspaper.  The speaker of this poem wishes a 'plague upon this wild Reform', but the poem develops into a satire when we learn that the speaker is wealthy - all of his family have a pension, while he has an office near Whitehall and eats a 'a slice of turkey pullet' in St James's Square.  The speaker is clearly protectionist, and is sick of hearing about 'the Bill, the whole Bill / And nothing but the Bill'.