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Fables from Ancient Authors, or Old Saws with Modern Instances. No VI. The Dog and the Shadow

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [Peter Pilpay]

Publication: The Ten Pounder

Publisher: Peter Brown

Published: 17 November 1832

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

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Sp Coll Mu56-e.12
Pages(s): 87-88

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.  We are told that this poem is 'dedicated to those who have something'. This poem serves as a fable for those who have something to lose, and warns them not to join the Whigs who will 'breed a riot'.  The speaker warns that the Whigs will bring short parliaments and will be bad for farmers.  The speaker also encourages the reader to 'Forsake the Times for the Ten Pounder', a reference most likely to the pro-reform Scots Times.