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A Dialogue on Politics, between a Tailor and a Weaver, within a Royal Burgh in the East of Fife, that shall be nameless

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 4 August 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
Pages(s): 4

This poem appears as part of a short dramatic dialogue between a weaver and a tailor, which continues on from an article published 'Monday last'.  The two figures declare how great it is that 'Reform's the order of the day' and they herald Lord Grey, the Prime Minister, as 'the people's voice'.  The exchange reveals the Caledonian Mercury's moderate Whig position, in that Andrew (one of the characters) states: 'Kings and Lords we dinna grudge', which constrasts sharply with the very hostile portrayal of the Lords in many pro-reform poems.