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A Leith Epigram

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 89

The publisher of this collection, 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 frequently attacks the Whigs, in anticipation of the 1832 General Election.  In this four-line poem, two figures, Tam and Ned, debate who they want to represent the Leith Burghs and conclude that they do not want any more lawyers (a reference to the Whigs MPs of Edinburgh, who were all lawyers).  The poem also appears in The Ten Pounder, an anti-Whig periodical edited by Brown.