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Answer for the Whigs. To the Clamerous Song on them.

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

Author: Anon

Publication: Answer for the Whigs, To the Clamerous Song on them.

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.m.143(167); ABS.10.206.02

This poem is addressed to the supporters of James Aytoun, the radical candidate for the Edinburgh seat at the General Elections in 1832 and 1834.  The speaker reprimands the radicals for putting all of their energy into attacking the Whigs, who are 'the people's friend'.  The speaker states that no progress can be made 'to truth, / To Freedom and Reform' while the Whigs and Radicals fight.  There is a reference in the poem to 'The Bill of true Reform', which may signify the Radicals' desire for a new and enhanced Bill, as they believed that the Bill of 1832 did not go far enough.  It is not clear when the poem was written but presumably between 1832 and 1834; on one version, there is a handwritten note, '15[?] July 1832', which may refer to the date of publication.