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Reform Bill

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Field

Publication: Loyal Reformers' Gazette

Published: 17 March 1832

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3089; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
Pages(s): 243

We are told that this poem was written for the Loyal Reformers' Gazette.  The poem directly addresses Earl Grey, the Prime Minister, and states that he should stop putting his faith in the Lords, a 'scheming crew'.  This was during a period when Grey was 'manufactur[ing] Peers' to get the Reform Bill through the House of Lords.  The speaker even issues a threat to the Prime Minister: if the Bill is not successfully carried, he may have 'cause to rue'.  An epigram appears after this poem, as a rhyming couplet, 'On Her Majesty's Supposed Hostility to the Reform'.