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Abercromby's Answer; or, The Exchequer Garland

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 35-37

This poem appears in a collection of poems connected to the 1832 Reform campaigns and subsequent elections by the reformer Peter Brown, who eventually settled in Toronto and founded the Toronto Banner.  The poem attempts to convince the reader not to vote for the radical candidate for Edinburgh, James Aytoun, and instead to vote for the Whig - James Abercromby.  Although no date is given for this poem, it must have been written in 1832 as this was the only time that Aytoun and Abercromby were competitors for the Edinburgh seats.  The poem makes a direct plea to Reformers to 'stand by me'.  The poem reflects the wider political context: following the passing of the 1832 reform bills, many voters experienced a conflict between continuing to support the Whigs and pursuing more radical change.  The poem also appeared in broadside format and one broadside has the date '4 July 1832' handwritten on it, perhaps indicating a publication date, although we cannot be sure of this.