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An Excellent New Ballad

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Scots Times

Published: 10 May 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Beggar Girl.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX39
Pages(s): 302

This poem is attributed to The New North Briton, an Edinburgh newspaper.  In the poem, a former MP addresses 'Magistrates / Provost and Bailies, and Councillors bland' in a bid to get them to support his cousin.  The speaker harangues 'the infernal Reformers' and hopes that 'Tory Aristocrats' malison [...] May blight all the schemes of the Grey-headed Ministry', a very clear reference to the Prime Minister, Earl Grey.