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The Tories' Lament

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [A. S.]

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 11 June 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
John Scott, Earl of Eldon (1751-1838)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

A satirical lament, where the Tories express their loss of power on account of the Reform Bill.  The poem is preceded by a quote from William Shakespeare's Henry VIII: "Farewell - a long farewell, to all my greatness!".  The speaker expresses regret that 'knowledge has now grown so common' and that the Press tells people 'what it should not tell'.  The poem also later appeared in The Reformers' Gazette on 16-06-1832, where a note is included: 'Edinburgh, June, 1832' - most likely a reference to its appearance in the Caledonian Mercury.