Anecdotage of Glasgow
Motherwell and the Reform Bill
DURING the heat of the contest about
the Reform Bill of 1831-2, an article appeared in the Glasgow Courier,
then conducted by Mr. Motherwell, denouncing the ministryi.e.
Brougham, Grey, etc.as fools and dunces,
who were flattered by idiots and petty scribblers.
A writer of the other party
published the following verses in reply, contrasting the little editor
with the great chancellor :
"A tomtit once, a
But full of high conceit,
Attacked an eagle of the sun,
A bird of claws and weight.
"Quoth Tom, The eagle is a fool,
And stupid eke is he;
He wears a wig, he cannot sing,
Nor twitter tweedle-dee.
"He sits upon a pack of wool
I perch upon a tree;
Tho petty scribblers sound his praise
Hell never match with me."
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