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Three Cheers for Reform

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Five Excellent Songs

Publisher: J M'Nairn

Place of publication: Newton Stewart, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Issac Gascoyne (1763-1841)
Roger Gresley (1799-1837)
Henry Hunt (1773-1835)
Robert Peel (1788-1850)
Horace Twiss (1787-1849)
Richard Vyvyan (1800-1879)
John Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (1781-1833)
Charles Wetherell (1770-1846)
Thomas Wilde (1782-1855)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Bob and John.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82: 3985 Cha S
Pages(s): 3-5

This poem looks forward to the day when Reform is achieved and the 'Boroughmongers perish'. The poem then goes on to give the views of various pro- and anti-reform politicians.  The poem attacks those against reform, and even suggests that they know they are going to be defeated; Richard Vyvyan states: 'The people's voice will floor us'.  The poem finishes by looking forward to the 'flight of craven Tories'.  Although no date is attached to this poem, or the chapbook, it is safe to say that it was published between King William's accession to the throne (1830) and the passing of the reform bill (1832).