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Fables from Ancient Authors, or Old Saws with Modern Instances. No.II. Consistency. The Bat and the Weazels

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [Peter Pilpay]

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
George Canning (1770-1827)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 65-67

The publisher of Reform Songs and Squibs, 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 is dedicated to James Abercromby and it satirises him: he is portrayed as a bat (and a rat) who tries to please weasels.  It is also stated that he is inconsistent: he backs the Tories when it pleases him but attacked them during the Reform Bill campaigns.  The poem also appeared in The Ten Pounder, which Brown edited.