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Polling Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Observer, A Commercial and Political Journal

Published: 7 December 1832

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP12285
Pages(s): 4

This is an election song, for the General Election of 1832, following the passing of the Reform Bill.  The speaker of this poem is a candidate who tells us that he was 'true to the Bill' and defines himself in opposition to the Tories.  In the final stanza of the poem, the candidate confesses that he will have no money left at the end of the campaign and that he will not win the seat.  The poem appears as part of the Aberdeen Observer's 'Dramatic Interludes' series.  This is the seventh in the series and the scene is 'The Library of Monkbanks'.