The Pursuits of Politics. A Poem.
Author: Anon [Timothy Tickler]
Publication: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Publisher: William Blackwood
Published: October 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Blackwood's Magazine: reel no. 30
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.