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A New Whig Garland

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [C. M'K.]

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: A New Whig Garland

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

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:
A begging we will go.


More information about this recording

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): ABS.10.206.02(11)

Although this poem does not directly reference reform, it is indirectly connected as most reform agitators continued to back the Whigs or the radicals after the Reform Bill was passed, and remained suspicious of the Tories.  In this poem, the speaker encourages the reader to vote for both of the Whig candidates for the two Edinburgh seats at the 1832 General Election: James Abercromby and Francis Jeffrey, who were both reformers.  Jeffrey is particularly praised for helping fight Edinburgh residents against Londoners.  The speaker also instructs readers to 'beware of lies' and to strike down 'every Tory'.  No publication details are printed on this broadside, but there is a handwritten note at the bottom, '13 July 1832', which may indicate a publication date.  A recording of this song, performed by Adam McNaughton, was produced by The People's Voice.