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1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: The Ten Pounder

Publisher: Peter Brown

Published: 25 August 1832

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

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
George Canning (1770-1827)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Nancy Dawson.

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Sp Coll Mu56-e.12
Pages(s): 32

The editor of this journal, 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, and many of the poems in the journal satirise the Whigs, in order to prevent them winning the Edinburgh seat at the 1832 General Election.  This particular poem satirises James Abercromby, who is portrayed as self-serving.