[Essex Poll Book]. An Exact List of the Names of the Gentlemen and Other Freeholders That Voted for Knights of the Shire for the County of Essex. As the Same Was Taken the 27th March, 1722. London: No Publisher, 1724. First Edition. 8vo. Full Calf. Good+. 171pp, ; (A-X4, Y2).
Contemporary calf, later rebacked and recornered, spine in six panels with modern title label to second panel, double fillet border to covers.
Slightly rubbed to extremities, internally several ink notes (mainly adding up of votes) to text, lightly browned but generally clean. Previous owner’s name (Rob[er]t. Abdy) to ffep. Bound with several leaves of blanks to front and rear, with some ink annotations to rear blanks (names and constituencies).
Sir Robert Abdy 1688-1748, was “returned unopposed for his county as a Tory, voting against the Administration in every recorded division. He was to have taken part in a Jacobite rising in Essex, planned to coincide with a French landing in February 1744, was one of the six Tory Members to whom the military details of the scheme were communicated, and was referred to by the Pretender as one of his principal advisers in England” (Sedgwick (Ed), The History of Parliament 1715-1754). The candidates were The Lord Castlemain, (Sir Richard Child), William Harvey and Robert Honywood, with Harvey being elected.
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