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[Why surely this is not the same]

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Publication: Glasgow Courier

Published: 11 June 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 32A
Pages(s): 1

This poem appears as part of a short play, which represents a dinner party attended by Grey and Brougham, among others.  The play implies that the Whigs have alterior motives behind pursuing the reform bill, a typical argument in the conservative press.  This song, the second of three in the play, is sung by Brougham and pokes fun at Francis Jeffrey, the Lord Advocate.  The poem notes that Jeffrey 'could be dead', but notes that he has risen to fight some more, and particularly for 'Reform!'.  We are told before the poem that 'Moore himself', presumably the Irish poet Thomas Moore whose poems appear throughout the press in this period, wrote it.