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Hobbyhorses. No. III.

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [A. S.]

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 2 April 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no: NP30397
Pages(s): 3

This poem only briefly mentions the franchise reform - it is primarily concerned with proposing hobbies that people can pursue, to prevent them from turning to alcohol (this was a period when temperance was a key issue).  The poem then discusses some of the problems that have emerged with industrialisation, and notes the Tories' warning that the evils of the day 'will increase / A hundredfold, if the Reform Bill passes'.