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1835 - Daniel Gaskell, Liberal defeated William S. Lascelles, Conservative. 1) To the Electors of Wakefield. Questions Proposed to D. Gaskell. 330 x 210 mm. Wakefield, 3rd January, 1835. Printed by Richard Nichols, Typographer, Wakefield. Creased and with a small chip. Daniel Gaskell was M.P for Wakefield from 1832 - 1837. 1841 - Joseph Holdsworth, Liberal defeated William S. Lascelles, Conservative but was declared unduly elected in 1842 (as having been at the time of the election Returning Officer of the Borough), Lascelles was seated in his place. 2) A Legend of the Wakefield Election of 1841. 380 x 245 mm. 136 line poem in two columns in praise of William Lascelles. Lascelles was Conservative M.P. from 1837 - 1841 when he was unseated by Joseph Holdsworth. He was re-elected in 1842 after the 1841 election was declared void, due to Holdsworth being the Returning Officer of the Borough, and he held the seat until 1847. 3) Splendid Exhibition of the Mountebanks, Positively the last time in Wakefield, for the Benefit of Joseph Stickfast & His Company. 370 x 165 mm. Badly stained and torn with loss of text to the bottom right hand corner. Done in the form of a theatre poster, Joseph Stickfast was Joseph Holdworth, elected in 1841 but declared unduly elected, with thinly disguised supporters listed in the 'cast.' 4) The Chameleon Candidate. 780 x 510 mm. Printed on yellow paper and a little chipped.  An anti-Holdsworth poster including a 40 line poem. 1847 - George Sandars, Conservative, defeated George William Alexander, Liberal. 5) To the Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By an Independent Elector. 460 x 190 mm. Wakefield, July 26th, 1847. Although 'independent' it is clearly addressed in favour of George Sandars [Conservative] and against George Alexander in particular and the Chartists in general. 6) A Chronicle of the Wars in the City of Wakefield, Commonly Called the Election Fights. By Nathan Ben Saddi. Potovens, 7th Mo, 29th, 1847. [i.e. July 1847 the month of the Election]. 2nd Edition. 500 x 190 mm. Printed in two columns. A satirical Liberal poster supporting George Alexander against George Sanders claiming bribery and corruption. 7) The Coming Election. "Temperance" versus the political "Waterman" Alderman. 290 x 220 mm. Torn and creased with no loss. Addressed to "Esteemed friend George William" who is presumed to be George William Alexander. 8) The Wonders of Wakefield Fair. 345 x 220 mm. A mixture of poetry and prose in favour of Sandars. 9) Wakefield Election. A Few Plain Words for Plain People. By Junius, Junior. Wakefield, July 9th, 1847. 330 x 215 mm. In favour of George William Alexander in the 1847 Election. 10) Song. We Have Conquer'd and Won! 225 x 145 mm. 2 12 line stanzas on the election victory of George Sandars for the Conservatives in 1847. 1852 - George Sandars, Conservative defeated William Henry Leatham, Liberal. 11) Fallacies of Ye Anti-Soke Faculty. Extracted from the Wakefield Journal and Examiner.  510 x 300 mm. Printed in 4 columns, a little coiled and creased. Really a Borough matter this nevertheless involved many of the leading local politicians in the debate about whether the Borough should purchase the full rights to the Aire and Calder Navigation or whether the price was too steep. 12) To the Electors & Non-Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By John Barff. 280 x 220 mm. A little creased and torn. Printed at the Journal and Examiner Office, Wakefield, March 31st, 1852. Addressed to W.H. Leatham correcting an account of a conversation which he had had with the author regarding certain political matters. 13) Scene. - a Bank in the Town… 220 x 145 mm. 40 line poem by 'A Regular Practitioner.' 1852. A little spotted and chipped. 14) To the Electors & Non-Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By An Elector. Wakefield, April 15th, 1852. Charles Hicks, Printer, Market place, Wakefield. 490 x 250 mm. In favour of Sandars. 15) To the Electors & Non-Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By John Barff on behalf of George Sanders for the Conservatives. Wakefield, May 14th. 1852. Badly torn and creased. 16) Mysterious Revelations Brought to Light by the Eaves-dropping agency of Asmodeus. A Dialogue Between Two Noted Intellectual Bruisers "Mickey-Free" and "Sand-Bags." 500 x 310 mm. A little creased and split. Potovens: Gazette Office,  "Mickey-Free" is Leatham and "Sand-Bags", George Sandars. 17) Leatham's Lament. A Mournful Ballad. 235 x 210. 30 stanza poem signed W.H.L.  Leatham was defeated by George Sandars in 1852 but elected in 1859, only to be declared unduly elected. 18) Leatham's Lament. No. 2. 290 x 220 mm. Stanfield & Hepworth, Engravers and Lithographers, . 14 stanza poem in two columns. 19) Canvasser's Song. By W.H.L. [Leatham]. 440 x 140 mm. 12 stanza poem. Probably 1852. 20) Election Rhymes. No. 3. [and] Beware! Beware of Rogues-in-Grain! 190 x 240 mm. 2 poems printed side by side. Probably 1852. A little creased. 21) The New Devil's Drive. By Professor Porson, Jun. 570 x 145 mm. 21 stanza poem in favour of Sandars against Leatham in the 1852 election. 22) To the Burgesses of St. John's Ward. By Thomas Serle. 380 x 250 mm. Thanks to the voters for his election to the town council. Wakefield, Printed by Charles Hicks. November 6 1852. 23) A Dialogue Between Brother Bill and Brother Ned. Wherein the merits of Father Jonas are confidentially discussed. 290 x 220 mm. A poetical dialogue in 2 columns. I believe it treats with the election of 1852 but is couched in rather obscure terms. 24) The History of Mr. Leatham's "Tracts for the Times." In Reply to an Address Signed by "An Elector." Wakefield: J. Robinson, March 22, 1852. 460 x 290 mm. Printed on yellow paper. A very extensive reply. 25) Second Edition. Corrected Report of the Grand Dinner and Treat to the Amalgamated Leaders of the Liberal Party, at Hemsworth Hall. April 1852. 460 x 285 mm. Printed on yellow paper in three columns, the top left corner torn away with no loss of text. An imagined account of the postprandial toasts and discussions. Hemworth Hall was Leatham’s house. 1857 - J.C.D. Charlesworth, Conservative, was returned unopposed. 26) To the Electors and Non-Electors of Wakefield. By a Liberal Elector. Wakefield, W.T. Lamb, March 10th, 1857. 290 x 220 mm. Printed on yellow paper, creased. An address to W. H. Leatham prior to the 1857 Election. In the event J.C.D. Charlesworth was returned un-opposed. 27) Justice to Palmerston. A New National Song. 195 x 130 mm. 4 pages. 13 stanza song signed I.W. with the signature of Alfred Cooper. Printed in Ryde, probably in c. 1858. 1859 - At the election, William Henry Leatham, Liberal defeated J.C.D. Charlesworth by only 3 votes, however, on petition, and after a Commission of enquiry, both candidates were found guilty of bribery and corruption and the writ for Wakefield suspended until 1962. 28) Election Doggerels No. 1. 220 x 140 mm. 26 line poem. c.1859. 29) The Elector's Song. 210 x 130 mm. 24 line poem, probably relating to the 1859 election. Printed by Lamb and Heald, Wakefield. 30) A Chronicle of the Inquiry. First Book. 330 x 210 mm. Satirical view of the Commission of Enquiry following the 1859 enquiry. 31) A Chronicle of the Inquiry. Second Book. 330 x 210 mm. Satirical view of the Commission of Enquiry following the 1859 enquiry. 32) Wakefield Election Commission. The whole of the evidence being now concluded, the following is the Document which Mr. Leeman proposed to hand in to the Commission as shewing the entire result. Published by W.T. Lamb of Wakefield, dated 14 November 1859. This is a statistical breakdown of the population and the electors showing that "seven-eighths of the entire Polling Constituency, against whom no evidence of Bribery has been adduced." Creased and chipped. 33) Wakefield Bribery Prosecutions. The Case of J.L. Fernandes, Jun. 500 x 375 mm. chipped and torn. Wakefield: R. Micklethwaite, Journal of Examiner Office, March 1861. Broadsheet account of the prosecution of Fernandes for contempt of court for refusing to answer questions at the Commission of Enquiry. The Conservative view. 34) Supplement to the Wakefield Express, Saturday, March 23rd, 1861. Yorks Spring Assizes. The Wakefield Bribery Prosecutions. The Queen versus J.B. Charlesworth. Mr. Fernandes fined $500 and committed to prison for contempt. 560 x 440 mm. Printed both sides but incomplete as there should be a continuation to page 2. 1862 - Sir John Charles Dalrymple Day, Conservative and an outsider, defeated Richard Smethurst, Liberal. 35) To the Electors and Non-Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By Richard Smethurst. 375 x 250 mm. Printed on yellow paper, a little creased and with underlinings and notes by an opponent. Smethurst was the losing Liberal candidate at the 1862 election. 36) A Continuation of the Chronicles of Wakefield. Part 1. Fifth Series. 345 x 220 mm. A little chipped and torn. This and the four subsequent items appear to relate to the election of 1862, inferred from the reference to Fernandez as the 'former Governor of Clifford's Tower.' Jose Luis Fernandez was imprisoned in York Castle for 6 months for contempt at the Commission of Enquiry into the 1859 Election. 37) A Continuation of the Chronicles of Wakefield. Part 2. Fifth Series. 345 x 220 mm. A little chipped and torn. 38) A Continuation of the Chronicles of Wakefield. Part 3. Fifth Series. 345 x 220 mm. A little chipped and torn. 39) A Continuation of the Chronicles of Wakefield. Part 4. Fifth Series. 345 x 220 mm. A little chipped and torn. 40) A Continuation of the Chronicles of Wakefield. Part 5. Fifth Series. 345 x 220 mm. 41) Chronicles of Tiverton. Part 1. An Allegory. 335 x 210 mm.  Printed in 2 columns. In favour of Sir J.C.D. Hay, the winner of the election. 1865 - William H. Leatham, Liberal, who appears to have made a miraculous comeback since 1859, defeated the Incumbent Sir John C. Hay, Conservative. 42) The Private and Confidential Interview at the "Express Office." Wakefield. Saturday, February 24th, 1866. 495 x 220 mm. Attractive woodcut. A little skit on what appears to be a matter of bribery in local elections. 1868 - Somerset Archibald Beaumont, Liberal defeated Thomas K. Sanderson, Conservative. 43) To the Electors of the Borough of Wakefield. By Thomas Kemp Sanderson 380 x 230 mm. Wakefield, October 23rd, 1868. Folded, two small rust stains and a small hole slightly affecting the text. Sanderson was the unsuccessful Conservative candidate, but was elected in the by-election of 1874. Wakefield was created a Parliamentary Borough in 1832 with Daniel Gaskell returned unopposed. Apart from that first election, there are examples of electioneering from almost every election up to and including 1868. This is a contemporaneous collection assembled by Jose Luis Fernandes who was heavily involved in local politics and figured greatly in the Commission of Enquiry following the fraudulent 1859 election. It is highly unlikely that such a collection could easily be formed today and as such serves as a valuable record of 19th century electioneering in all its glory.
Title: A superb collection of 43 posters, handbills and election squibs relating to Parliamentary and Borough Elections for Wakefield from the nineteenth century.
Categories: North East,
Publisher: Wakefield, 1835 - 1868.:
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