16452

IMPORTANT PETITION TO CORRECT A PERCEIVED INJUSTICE OF A CORRUPTED ELECTION – RESULT OVERTURNED BY ACT OF PARLIAMENT.

Nottingham Town Election. 1802. November 24, 1802. 1. Petition of Daniel Parker Coke, Esquire.

Published
(London) Nichols and Son, Printers.

Description
Folio, drop head title, 4pp., woodcut ornament at end of text on page 4, uncut as issued, but has been folded.

£400.00

SKU: 16452

Product Description

An important Petition against Election Manouevering which resulted in an Act of Parliament to overturn the result. At the Election for Nottingham in 1802 (The first United Kingdom General Election) the Corporation abandoned support for Daniel Parker Coke because he had ceased to oppose the war, thus alienating the framework knitters (stockingers) who made up half of the freemen allowed the vote. The framework knitters blamed the war for their economic depression. At the Election there were a number of unconstitutional delays committed by the Sheriff who, partly because of the distress of the framework knitters, urged the electors to name a third candidate: one Joseph Birch. At the Election Birch polled more votes than Coke. Coke responded that ñthe freedom of election had been destroyedî, and with the help of some of his supporters issued this Petition to Parliament in objection. The election was declared void, and an act titled ñDaniel Parker Coke Actî was debated and, after objections from Fox, passed. The contents of this Petition give in great detail an account of these events. A most interesting and Constitutionally important item.