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Election Eclogues. I. The Retreat. Abercromby-Jeffrey

1832: Representation of the People Acts

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.  This particular poem takes the form of a satirical dialogue between the Whigs James Abercromby and Francis Jeffrey.  The poem particularly satirises their wealth and pensions.  Abercromby is also described as not enjoying 'your Scottish air' - suggesting that he is not loyal to Scotland.  A Melville is mentione, alongside various othe political figures but it is not clear who it refers to.  A note is included with the poem, which states the rumour that the Whigs are preparing to offer Abercromby the Perth seat if he is thrown out of Edinburgh.