Thursday, April 15, 2010

15Aug1872, First Ballot Election

BOLTON, Thursday, August 15th, 1872.
—The 1st Ballot election has come off at Pontefract, Mr. Childers having vacated his seat by taking the Chancellorship of the Duchy ; a very doubtful candidate in the shape of Lord Pollington opposed him and was beaten by only 80 votes. Great numbers of electors seem not to have voted, and there was comical confusion and difficulty over the "illiterate voters" and their marks ; but of course peace and quiet and no drinking.

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