The parliamentary representation of Cornwall to 1832

9781232088851: The parliamentary representation of Cornwall to 1832

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...who had no wives. The last sum was duly paid, but in consequence of the expense incurred by the Cochranes in trying the return and in other measures, a compromise was ultimately arrived at, and only a part of the 5,000 was distributed, each voter receiving about úSo of their money. One voter, more fortunate than the others, contrived to net 1,000 for obtaining, through Mr. Johnstone's influence, promotion for a friend in the navy. The result of the second election was that twentyseven votes were tendered for Mr. G. A. F. Cochrane and his colleague, William Holmes, and only fourteen for Robert Williams, junr., and John Teed, the candidates of Sir Christopher. The Mayor, however, who was on the side of the local baronet, struck off sufficient votes from the larger poll to give his nominees a majority of one, and returned Williams and Teed as the members. A second petition followed, the return was upset, and Holmes and Cochrane were seated. When Sir Christopher found by the result of the second election that his sway over the electors of Grarhpound had vanished, he determined upon increasing the number of his voters. His first attempt was to draw over to his side some of the adherents of the Cochranes, but this proved to be a failure, and a different expedient was adopted. The electors of this little borough consisted of a recorder, a mayor, eight capital burgesses, and an indefinite number of freemen. The latter were only added at two seasons of the year, about Easter and Michaelmas, and were selected by a jury consisting of two burgesses, styled by the fanciful name of Eligers, and not less than ten freemen. As only a minority of this body was composed of Sir Christopher's men, the jury was adjourned more than once until the time came when several Anoth...

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