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GUEST,Dick Holdstock Songs about 1831 UK Political Reform Act Rejection (8) RE: Songs about 1831 UK Political Reform Act Rejection 11 Jan 18

Thanks all for the great information:
The stuff on "Gathering of the Unions" song has an interesting history. It is thought by many to have been composed by George Loveless, from Tolpuddle who wrote a verse on a scrap of paper, and discarded it as he was lead from his February 1834 trial in Dorset. The song, however, had been printed as early 1832 and was listed as well known then. The mass meeting held in Birmingham by the Birmingham Political Union on May 7 1832 was celebrating passage of the third Reform Act by the commons and likely passage by Lords. However, toward the end of the rally a note was forwarded to Attwood advising that the Lords had voted in committee to wreck the bill at the start by voting to postpone the clauses to disenfranchise the rotten boroughs. What I am looking for are songs of the major riots that took place the year before when Lords killed the second bill.

All great info from Jim Carroll and Jack Campin. I will follow-up on all of them. I contact Roy Palmer before he died. Love to see the Cholera book any more info will help.
Cheers Dick

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