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Ravings of a Reluctant Reformer; or, The Lamentations of Lord Craigwharn; Being a Speech introductory of a Bill of Deform about to be introduced, in the House of Drols, by his Ldshp

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Chronicle

Published: 16 April 1831

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Anon [Wellington]
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP12421
Pages(s): 2

The speaker of this poem is unclear but it is clearly a Lord who deplores reform, and the poem continually satirises him.  We are told that his family has inherited a rotten borough for many generations, and he expresses his support for this system.  The speaker states that talent is found in the rotten boroughs, and any alternative would populate parliament with 'dunces'.  The speaker also states that many reformers have benefitted from the 'rotten borough' system, including Henry Brougham.  The poem ends on the line 'God save the Boroughs!'. We are told that this poem was written 'For the Aberdeen Chronicle'.