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Huzzah for Aytoun! A New Song.

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Here's a Health to Aytoun; and, Huzzah for Aytoun!

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:
http://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/broadside.cfm/id/16343/criteria/%22huzzah%20for%20aytoun%22

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Arethusa.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(24); RB.m.143(037); ABS.10.206.02(51)

Above this poem appears a woodcut of a drunk man and woman walking.  The poem is a plea to all reformers to vote for James Aytoun, the radical candidate who stood for the Edinburgh seats in 1832 and 1834.  The poem is scathing of the Whigs and reflects the real disillusionment with the party among some reformers, following the passage of the reform bills.  The poem appears to call for more significant reform: we are told that Aytoun will 'vote for Reform to any extent', presumably as opposed to the Whigs' more timid reformism.  One version of the broadside has '30 June 1832' written in ink, perhaps indicating a publication date, although we can't be certain of this.