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Reform Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

The speaker of this poem asks 'sons of Scotia' to 'raise your voice / With shouts of exaltation' because the Reform Bill has passed.  The poem applauds the work of the Whigs, who are portrayed as releasing the people from slavery; John Maxwell and the Paisley 'folk' who selected him are also praised. (Sir John Maxwell of Pollok was elected as the MP for Paisley in 1832; his son became Member for Lanarkshire in the same election.) Reform is then described as a stepping stone towards repealing the Corn Laws.  There are no publication details given on this poem, so we cannot be certain of where/when it was published, but there is a handwritten note on the broadside '10 Aug't 1832', which may refer to the publication date.