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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

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
George Canning (1770-1827)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Nancy Dawson.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 20-22

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 many of the poems in the collection satirise the Whigs, to prevent them winning the Edinburgh seat at the 1832 General Election.  This particular poem satirises James Abercromby, who is portrayed as self-serving.  The poem also appears in The Ten Pounder, an anti-Whig periodical edited by Brown.