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1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [By a Well-wisher to Reform]

Publication: Song

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Whistle o'er the lave o't.

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

This poem is preceded by a woodcut illustration that mimics the United Kingdom's heraldry: two cats appear, as opposed to the lion and unicorn, and the motto is: 'Touch not the Cat but a Glove' (the Clan Mackintosh motto).  The poem is a celebration of reform and the champions of it.  It proposes a toast that should 'rebound / Through Caledonia's land man'.  It also states that corruption's house should be cleaned by a 'Brougham' - a pun on the pro-reform Lord Chancellor's name.  There are no publication details on the broadside so we cannot be sure where/when it was published, but it was most likely published in Edinburgh in the second half of 1832.