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The Pursuits of Politics. A Poem.

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This long poem, presented as the work of Timothy Tickler, one's of the magazine's regular fictional contributors, covers a great many political concerns and figures. Although it does not directly refer to the Reform Bill, this is clearly a context that informs the writing -- indeed, long, exaggeratedly pedantic footnotes are attached to the poem and several of these reference the Reform cause.  On p.421, there is a note which states that it was Lord Brougham who helped re-direct the reform cause (which was failing under the likes of Grey), making him the real force of parliamentary reform.