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Opinions - No. II

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [A. S.]

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 8 October 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
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

This poem is one of a series which discusses individuals' opinions and hypocrises.  This poem focuses on Tories who pretend to support reform, in order to win over the votes of those who had supported reform, before the passing of the Reform Bill.  The poem reminds readers that the Tories were once their enemies and they are now merely turncoats, 'new-fledged patriots'.  The poem acknowledges the 'right and reason' of Jeremy Bentham, who had recently died, and states that his principles must endure.