The General Election of 1761

  • Lewis Namier


On 3 March 1761 Horace Walpole wrote to Horace Mann:

… Parliament … now engrosses all conversation and all purses; for the expense is incredible. West Indians, conquerors, nabobs, and admirals, attack every borough; there are no fewer than nine candidates at Andover. The change in a Parliament used to be computed at between sixty and seventy; now it is believed there will be an hundred and fifty new members … venality is grosser than ever! The borough of Sudbury has gone so far as to advertise for a chapman! We have been as victorious as the Romans and are as corrupt.


General Election Local Interest Casual Remark East India Company Safe Seat 
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