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A Plague on these Men of the Law

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Peter Brown (1784-1863)

Publication: The Ten Pounder

Publisher: Peter Brown

Published: 4 August 1832

Place of publication: Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
Forbes Hunter Blair
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
An Old Woman Clothed In Grey.

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Sp Coll Mu56-e.12
Pages(s): 8

The editor, and likely author, of this poem, Peter Brown was a ‘ten pounder’: ‘one of those who have been called into political existence, as it were, by the great measure which has lately given a new character to public affairs’.  Despite this, he was against those calling for more reform.  This poem reflects on the passage of the bill, a time of 'complete reformation', but complains that nothing has been done to curb the many pensions for Edinburgh's (Whig) lawyers.  The poem satirises the four candidates standing for Edinburgh's 1832 election but ultimately attacks the Whigs most.