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Reform!

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [Perthensis]

Publication: Glasgow Chronicle

Published: 27 April 1832

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
William Best, 1st Baron Wynford (1767-1845)
Edward Sugden, 1st Baron St Leonards (1781-1875)
Charles Wetherell (1770-1846)

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

This poem discusses the consequences of the arguments for and against reform.  The speaker states that the anti-reformers 'risk public safety', 'hazard revolution', and 'hasten' Britain 'to decay'.  The speaker also focuses on the topic of emigration: many are portrayed as moving to other countries, 'where wiser Government exists'.  On the other hand, reform will bring glory and commerce.  The poem also heralds the king as the 'Reformer of our day', and Britain will be a 'phoenix', and each person's 'Incubus' will be lost, if the reform bill passes.  The poem was also published the next day in the Glasgow Evening Post, 28/04/1832.