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A New Song, For a Conservative Dinner on the Anniversary of Waterloo

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Publisher: William Blackwood

Published: July 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
John Singleton Copley, Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863)
Henry Hardinge (1785-1856)
Robert Peel (1788-1850)
Richard Vyvyan (1800-1879)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
Charles Wetherell (1770-1846)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The good Olden Time.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): The Blackwood's Magazine: reel no. 30.
Pages(s): 144

Although this poem does not directly reference the Reform Bill, it is written in the wake of the passing of the Reform Bill, and many features tell us this.  We are told that although they will never 'flatter' the King, the Tories will also never 'defame' him - an example of the real discontent felt towards the King, who was broadly supportive of franchise reform.  We are also told that the Tories will defend the Church, which they feared would be undermined by the Reform Bill.  Some other Tories are mentioned, who are harder to define: Mansfield, Winchilsea, Caernarvon.  This poem also appeared in a July issue of the Glasgow Courier, a fellow conservative title.