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A New Song on the Spirit of the Times

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem is written, we are told, by 'Widow William Young' of Hawick, aged 70 years.  This poem commends the pro-Reform Whigs and the broadly pro-Reform King on their efforts and repeatedly states that they should be applauded by Caledonia.  That said, the poem does also note that 'old England and Ireland too / determinedly Reform pursue'.  The Tories are then attacked from trying to claw 'rights from Caledonia'.  A date is handwritten on the poem 'August 1832' but it is not clear if this relates to publication or not - most likely, it would have been published around this time as the speaker does adopt a celebratory tone, and the Reform Bill had just passed.