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The Tremendous Engine

  • John Prest

Abstract

Following his return to power in 1841, Peel no longer regarded the registration of voters in Ireland as a matter of great urgency. Why should he? The period of six years in which the ascendancy had felt itself threatened by the regime in Dublin Castle was over, and appointments to the Irish executive were now in his hands. With the death of Chief Justice Bushe in 1841, and the successive promotion to the bench of Blackburne, Lefroy and Jackson, the last two of whom had taken prominent parts in the debates upon Stanley’s Registration Bill in 1840, the Irish franchise could safely be left to the Irish judges. The abuses of the certificate system, which had been pronounced intolerable so long as the Whigs were in office, were now lightly borne, and Ministers preferred to re-model the system of registration in England before attempting to assimilate the system in Ireland to it.

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Conservative Agent County Seat Annual Registration Conservative Voter English County 
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Notes

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© John Prest 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Prest
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  1. 1.OxfordUK

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