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A New Song Respectfully Recommended to the Members of Penny Reading Societies

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

This poem is 'By their sincere friend John Macgregor, Kilbarchan'. MacGregor was an active reformer in the Paisley area from the early nineteenth century and a councillor in 1855. This 14 (four line) verse poem is sceptical about the Tories' new-found interest in reform and reminds its reader of earlier Tory actions that sought to 'keep liberty down'. It warns readers to be cautious of 'The suppression of truth, or destruction of facts', and praises Liberal politicians: e.g. 'Continue you labour bold Gladstone, and Bright'.