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Panegyric on Joseph Hume, Esq. M.P.

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Herald to the Trades' Advocate, and Co-Operative Journal

Published: 2 October 1830

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b670122

The subjet of this poem is Joseph Hume, the radical M.P. from Montrose, Angus who supported parliamentary reform, and was later responsible for establishing a monument to five Scottish Political Martyrs - who also supported parliamentary reform - on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.  This poem states that Hume is the champion of liberty and urges its readers to rally round Hume. The poem also implores the reader to focus on 'Reform!', as well as laws, liberty and peace - these will help Britian bloom 'in fresh beauty'.  Like several poems from this period, the reformers are portrayed as being on the side of God and Christianity - we are told that Heaven smiles on the reformers' cause.