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Patriot Burdett's at our head

Possibly refers to the 1819 general election in which John Cam Hobhouse (Broughton) contested the parliamentary seat of Westminster, which had become vacant after the suicide of Sir Samuel Romilly. He stood as a radical, supported by his father and by Sir Francis Burdett, but was defeated on 3 March by the whig George Lamb, who is also mentioned in the text of the ballad. First line reads: Elector…