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Huzza for Provost Spittal!!! An Excellent New Song.

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

Author: Anon

Publication: Huzza for Provost Spittal!!! An Excellent New Song.

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
James Spittal (1769-1842)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:
http://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/broadside.cfm/id/16458/criteria/%22huzza%20for%20provost%20spittal%22

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

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.m.143(168); ABS.10.203.01(087)

This is an election poem for the Edinburgh provostship, which concerns two candidates: James Aytoun and James Spittal.  The poem is addressed to 'Ye Whig Reformers' and advises them to vote for Spittal.  The speaker also believes that 'Reform's not worth a single fig, / Unless it serve to help a Whig' - the speaker believes that the Whigs should be rewarded for passing the Bill, and that the provostship shouldn't go to 'vile and low-bred Radical[s]'.  The printer of the poem is Waugh, Edinburgh, who also released a poem backing Aytoun: 'Huzza! for Provost Aytoun!!'.