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Men of England! Support Lord Grey

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Observer, A Commercial and Political Journal

Published: 18 May 1832

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP12285
Pages(s): 2

This poem attacks Earl Grey, the pro-reform Prime Minister.  We are told that the poem appeared on a whimisical placard that was 'posted all over London'.  The poem portrays the Prime Minister as corrupt: he has 'put into the pockets of his family one hundred thousand pounds of public money', and will make his brother a bishop.  The poem also states that Grey has destroyed 'scot and lot, the ancient common law right of voting'.  Scot and lot was a tax in England and those who paid it were often entitled to a vote.  In tune with the Aberdeen Oberserver's anti-reformism, this poem is republished to help undermine the leader of the reform cause.