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The Royal Waggoner

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem opens with an owner of a waggon (a symbol of the state) and the owner believes that it is now corrupt and broken (echoed by the Tories).  The Whigs attempt to get the waggon moving again but they struggle to do so.  Although reform is not directly referenced, it is most likely the main context which informs the poem (for instance, royal will is mentioned twice in the poem).  Two other figures who are too obscure to identify (Harris and William) are mentioned alongside the various Whigs and Tories.  The poem was written for the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle, we are told.