Huzza for Reform and the Garland of Green! A new song.
Publication: Huzza for Reform; and, Aytoun the Union Laddie
Publication type: Broadside
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(21); RB.m.143(172); RB.l.54(40); ABS.10.206.02(58)
This poem champions James Aytoun, the radical candidate for the Edinburgh seats, and it derides the two Whig candidates he was planning to stand against at the 1832 election, before he dropped out: Abercromby and Jeffrey. The poem makes an appear directly to reformers, and demonstrates that the Reform Bills of 1832 did not satisfy many voters: they wanted to continue the reform cause. A woodcut illustration appears above this poem, consisting of a laurel wreath of thistles and a Scottish bonnet; the illustration of a clown appears below the poem. The above illustration is a strange inclusion considering the first stanza of the poem states that the thistle (along with the shamrock and rose) are not as fair as the cause of reform and its 'Garland of Green'. One version of the broadside has 'July 1832' handwritten in ink on it, which may indicate a publication date but we cannot be sure of this.