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The Newspaper

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Robin Strap

Publication: The Monthly Scrap Book, for March

Publisher: John Miller

Published: March 1832

Place of publication: Dunfermline, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Pages(s): 2

This poem reflects on the role of the newspaper in the contemporary political landscape; it assertst that the newspaper has a 'power unknown, / A lever that can overturn the greatest tyrant's throne'.  The poem attacks the 'titled' and 'greedy' who have 'small regard for the people's rights' and, while referencing several Scottish publications, and British ones, and it notes that some titles back the Reform Bill, which appears to be applauded by the poem.  The 'Free Press' is described as 'urging on Reform' while The Scotsman covers 'with joy the efforts making now in freedom's noble cause'.  A note is printed at the bottom of the poem: 'November, 1831', presumably when the poem was written.