Morpeth Electoral Correspondence, 1766-1776

April 2017
326 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Publications of the Surtees Society
ISBN: 9780854440764
Format: Hardback
Surtees Society
BISAC HIS037050, HIS015000, POL000000

Morpeth Electoral Correspondence, 1766-1776

Edited by Joseph Fewster

The murkier side of eighteenth-century politics is vividly revealed in the letters edited here.
In the mid-eighteenth century, the borough of Morpeth, in Northumberland, was one of many where established vested interests, whether corporate or aristocratic, faced challenges from below. The documents collected here illustrate the struggle between the "sons of liberty" fighting to restore the freemen's "independence", and the earl of Carlisle, striving to maintain his control of the representation. Over two hundred letters reveal secret deals, rioting pitmen, electoral gerrymandering, and legal chicanery, providing fascinating insights to further our understanding of late eighteenth-century politics. A full introduction puts the letters into their local and national context, and they are accompanied by elucidatory notes.

Table of Contents

Editorial Method
The Correspondence


Rich in detail and anecdotes from the canvass, these letters bring the events of 1766-76 to life. [The] volume contains much that will be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about 18th-century electioneering. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY

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