The New Song for a Conservative Dinner
Publication: Glasgow Courier
Published: 5 July 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
John Singleton Copley, Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863)
Henry Hardinge (1785-1856)
Robert Peel (1788-1850)
John Scott, Earl of Eldon (1751-1838)
Richard Vyvyan (1800-1879)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
Charles Wetherell (1770-1846)
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 32A
Although this poem does not directly reference the Reform Bill, it is written in the wake of the passing of the Reform Bill, and many features tell us this. We are told that although they will never 'flatter' the King, the Tories will also never 'defame' him - an example of the real discontent felt towards the King, who was broadly supportive of franchise reform. We are also told that the Tories will defend the Church, which they feared would be undermined by the Reform Bill. Some other Tories are mentioned, who are harder to define: Mansfield, Winchilsea, Caernarvon. This poem also appeared in Blackwood's Magazine, a fellow conservative title.