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Satan's Soliloquy

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Publication: Glasgow Herald

Published: 21 February 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Hunt (1773-1835)
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX3
Pages(s): 4

This poem, consistent with other portrayals of Satan in 1830s franchise poems, has the devil considering where he should visit next - see John Mitchell's Nick's Tour or 'The Devil's Walk' in The Aetherial Record.  We are told that he would go to Ireland, but Daniel O'Connell is doing his work for him there already.  We are then told that he means to go to the House of commons 'and prove all Reform a trick' but the speeches of the radical Henry Hunt would 'turn the Devil sick'.  This pokes fun at the pro-reform Hunt, but it also suggests that the devil is on the side of the anti-reformers.