Morpeth Electoral Correspondence, 1766-1776 Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 328 pages
- Publisher: Surtees Society
- Publication Date: 21/04/2017
- Category: Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780854440764