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Francis Jeffrey

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

Author: Anon

Publication: The Lord Advocate's Address to Auld Reekie's Sons, and Song. Francis Jeffrey

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Johnny Cope.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.m.143(165); ABS.10.206.02(19)

This song celebrates the achievements of Francis Jeffrey: the speaker states that if they had ten thousand votes, they would give them all to Jeffrey.  The poem is clearly written in the wake of the passing of the Reform Bill, as it addresses the 'Pounders Ten' - the newly enfranchised - and asks them to drink to the success of Francis Jefffrey.  We cannot be sure of the publication date for this poem, but on one version of the broadside, there is a handwritten note underneath the poem: '14 July 1832', which may well refer to the publication date.