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Bottom's Dream. A Tale of the High Seas.

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:
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 154-157

This poem mocks John Archibald Murray, a Whig candidate for an Edinburgh seat at the 1832 General Election, for his playing backgammon and not having a strong stomach.  We are told of a scenario where Murray is on a ship and falls ill.  This attack on a prominent Whig is consistent with the other poems and songs in this collection; the publisher, Peter Brown, was intensely anti-Whig, despite being a 'ten pounder' (newly enfranchised by the 1832 Reform Bill) himself.