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A Letter lately found, supposed to be from Sir G---- M----- to Lord B--l--y

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 29 September 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Thomas Denman (1779-1854)

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

This is an opaque poem as it deals with particular local issues (in Blairgowrie, it seems) and does not give full names for the individuals featured.  That said, the speaker appears to be a Tory, addressing another Tory, and the speaker reveals that (although he now pretends to support reform - following the passing of the Bill), he truly regards it with 'perfect scorn'.  This poem reveals the ways that Tories tried to appeal to those who supported parliamentary reform in order to win their vote in the upcoming general election (1832-1833).