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Epitaph on a Rotten Borough

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Chronicle

Published: 10 September 1831

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
John Wilson Croker (1780-1857)
John Cressett Pelham (c.1769-1838)
Horace Twiss (1787-1849)
Charles Watkin Williams Wynn (1775-1850)

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

In this poem, the speaker, an unidentified anti-reform MP, addresses his 'rotten borough' and personifies it as the 'Darling of the ducal race, / Sire of pensions, source of place'.  The speaker mourns the fact that the rotten borough appears to have fallen.  The second stanza of the poem notes the distress that this loss will cause to many anti-reform politicians.  In the final stanza, the speaker is mocked because he says farewell to his constituents: 'Tenants (ten) that paid me rents'.  The poem highlights the corruption of the 'rotten borough' system.  This poem is atttributed to the New Monthly Magazine, a London periodical.