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A New Election Song.

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: A New Election Song

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

A full copy of this poem is available.

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

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.l.54(55); ABS.10.206.02

In this song, consisting of five 11-line stanzas, the speaker encourages electors to vote for Francis Jeffrey and James Abercromby, the two Whig candidates for the Edinburgh seats at the 1832 election.  The speaker condemns both the radicals and the Tories but focuses its attack on the Tories.  The speaker also threatens voters, stating that they are not men if they don't vote Whig and that they will have to suffer 'Reformers' scorn'.  There are no publication details on this broadside, so we cannot be certain where/when it was published, but (as it concerns the 1832 election in Edinburgh) it is fair to assume that it was published in Edinburgh in the latter half of 1832.  There is a handwritten note on the bottom of the broadside, '18 Aug 1832', which may indicate the date of publication.