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1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: Hoo'let

Publisher: Peter Pearson, 18 Gilmour Street

Published: 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Miller of the Dee.

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Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): 050PA PC22326

This song appears in the fifth edition of the Hoo'let, p2. Three periodicals were produced during the period of the 1868 election campaign in Paisley: the Hoo'let, the Hawk and the Eclipse. The Hoo'let represented the Conservative interest in the town and backed the candidature of Campbell of Blythswood. In the first edition it is noted: 'The Hoo'let is intended to be a source of Amusement and political instruction to the inhabitants of Paisley, and in its pages will be found an asylum for all the stray jokes which would most untimely have perished but for its protective pages.' This poem highlights the rivalry between the periodicals at this time and the significance of the printed word, in all its forms, in shaping the politics of these years.