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A Familiar Epistle from Dudley to Edinburgh

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem mocks John Campbell, who was forced to leave his Dudley seat in 1834 and he went to Scotland to stand in Edinburgh at the by election.  He is portrayed as a 'dangerous man', trying to convert the people of Edinburgh to his views.  This critique of Campbell was is in keeping with the spirit of Reform Songs and Squibs; the publisher of the collection, Peter Brown was a 'ten pounder' (newly enfranchised by the 1832 Reform Bill) but he loathed the Whigs.