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The Cabinet Tree

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This is a poem which satirises the Cabinet of the Whig government, comparing it to a tree.  Each politician is associated with a part of the tree, for instance, Grey is at the 'root', while Althrop is associated with the sap.  The poem does not directly refer to franchise reform, although the 'tempest of anarchy' sweeping through the land is no doubt a reference to the momentum gathering for reform, which was opposed by this conservative title.  Several more obscure politicians are referenced too, including Goderich and Lord Landsdowne.  This poem is attributed to Age, an unidentified publication.