Morpeth electoral correspondence, 1766-1776
- edited by Joseph Fewster.
- Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell Press, 2017.
- Physical description
- xli, 282 pages ; 23 cm.
- Publications of the Surtees Society ; v. 221.
- Fewster, Joseph, editor.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-264) and index.
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.
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- Carlisle, Frederick Howard, Earl of, 1748-1825 > Correspondence.
- Representative government and representation > England > Morpeth > History > 18th century > Sources.
- Morpeth (England) > History > 18th century > Sources > Sources.
- Northumberland (England) > History.
- England > Morpeth.
- England > Northumberland.
- Publication date
- The publications of the Surtees Society, 0307-5362 ; Vol. 221
- 0854440763 hardback
- 9780854440764 hardback
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