ID: 20845
A new song to be sung by the friends of Alexander Baring, Esq. tune, -

NEW SONG,, A new song to be sung by the friends of Alexander Baring, Esq. tune, - "Rule Britannia". Taunton, Marriott, printer, Taunton Courier Office, n.d. [paper undated and without watermark, but date is self-evidently not later than 1826].

broadside (31x19.5 cms), some creases, minor edge fraying, and a small old stain, unbound as issued.

Almost certainly very rare. Not found by us by any of the usual searches.

Alexander Baring (1773-1848), 1st Baron Ashburton, influential and rich merchant, banker and international negotiator, had a somewhat chequered parliamentary career, sitting as M.P. for Taunton from 1806 to 1826 when he sat as a Whig on a free-trade ticket. He then "enjoyed a formidable reputation as a leader among non-Ricardian economists" [John Orbell in Oxford DNB]. He became progressively more conservative, however, and vehemently opposed Parliamentary reform. The present broadside seems to be an eulogy to Baring in verse, internal evidence suggesting it might have been published at the time of the 1818 Parliamentary elections when he was standing against Sir William Burroughs and Henry Powell Collins. References are made to the Suspension Act (presumably the 1817 Act suspending Habeas Corpus), and the Corn Bill (presumably that of 1815 forbidding the import of foreign corn), both measures enacted by Liverpool's Tory administration. "Baring's the man - the nation's prop, No laws to double our distress, Or curs'd Suspension Act to stop The mouths of those who beg redress! ... Baring deserves our highest praise, Let ev'ry Briton him revere; Extol his acts in raptrous lays, And stedfastly to him adhere!" &c. &c. &c.