Fables from Ancient Authors, or Old Saws with Modern Instances. No.II. Consistency. The Bat and the Weazels
Author: Anon [Peter Pilpay]
Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs
Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown
Publication type: Book
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
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.