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My Own

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem is attributed to The Spectator, a London periodical.  It is preceded by a quotation from the 4th Duke of Newcastle: 'Have I not a right to do as I please with my own?'. (He made this remark in 1829 when he was criticised for evicting tenants who voted against his preferred candidates.) 'My own' is portrayed as one of the boroughmongers' mottos, but we are told that it is to be replaced with 'mine and thine'.  A scene in parliament with various political figures is then recounted.  The poem does appear to welcome the new shift in politics, although it also mocks many of the Whigs referenced.