Bottom's Dream. A Tale of the High Seas.
Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs
Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown
Publication type: Book
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
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.