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Epitaph on the Reform Bill

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Glasgow Courier

Published: 12 November 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 32A
Pages(s): 2

This short poem mocks the suffering of the Whigs, after the second reform bill was rejected in the House of Lords by forty one votes.  Despite the petty arts of Lord John Russell, the bill has failed.  The poem delights in its various puns: there is no willows round the bill's grave just a 'weeping Broom', and it will lie there until it is 'ex-humed' by Hume.