J. Normington-Rawling in Charles Harpur, An Australian (1962) describes the circumstances of this poem:
'In May 1854 Harpur delivered a public rebuke to [Henry] Parkes. The latter won the Sydney [New South Wales] seat in the [New South Wales Legislative] Council vacated by [William Charles] Wentworth when he left for England. At the declaration of the poll, Parkes in his speech of thanks to the electors, uttered two sentences that Harpur had to condemn ... He sat down and wrote some lines and a long note.' (195)
Harpur's lengthy note is separately indexed.
Epigraph: 'I have been elected the successor of the greatest man who ever trod this country.'
'You have made me by our votes the most distinguished (i.e. greatest) commoner in the land.'
Vide Mr Parkes' closing address from the Hustings.