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1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [T. R. H.]

Publication: Aberdeen Chronicle

Published: 14 April 1832

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

A full copy of this poem is available.

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

This poem parodies the famous speech from William Shakespeare's Hamlet: 'To be or not to be'.  It begins: 'Reform, or not Reform, that is the question'.  The speaker questions whether it is nobler 'to suffer / Rotten-boroughs' or raise voice against 'corruption dire'.  The speaker moves through many thoughts and notes the many problems with the state (pensions, the national debut, the Lords) and concludes that Reform will be 'a blessing to our native land'.  The poem is attributed to the Commercial Court and comes with the note 'April 12th, 1832', presumably the issue of the Commercial Court which published the poem.