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1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Scots Times

Published: 28 January 1832

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
John Wilson Croker (1780-1857)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Theodore Hook (1788-1841)
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)
Alexander Perceval (1787-1858)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Donald Caird.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX39
Pages(s): 63

This poem is attributed to New North Briton, an Edinburgh newspaper.  This poem asserts that, no matter how aggressive the Tories are to the Whigs, 'Sailor Will' - King William IV - will pass the Reform Bill.  The tories are portrayed as animalistic and corrupt, in buying and selling boroughs.  A figure named 'Hook' is mentioned, who is most likely Theodore Hook, who founded John Bull, the champion of High Toryism.  Tory bishops are also scolded in this poem for opposing the bill.