Wells election 1765

Wells Election 1765


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[001037] [Elections]. The Poll Taken at the Town-Hall, in the City or Borough of Wells, on Thursday the 26th of December, 1765 for the Election of a Member to Serve in Parliament, Pursuant to the Sheriff’s Precept, Directed to the Mayor, Masters and Burgesses Etc Etc.. No Place: No Publisher, First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Pamphlet. Good. 3pp, [1], disbound, drop-head title with docket title to final leaf.

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Poll book relating to the Wells election of 1765 between Mr [Peter] Taylor and Mr [Robert] Child. Taylor had been a deputy paymaster in Germany and returned to England in 1763 “with a large fortune and a bad reputation … But his strongest ambition was to represent Wells itself, and when the sitting Member, Lord Digby, Holland’s nephew, was given a British peerage, Taylor declared himself a candidate. His opponent, Robert Child, was brought in by the Tudway family, in collaboration with the dean of Wells and Lord Digby. Taylor hoped that Holland would support him, but Digby was anxious that Holland should take no part against the dean. The campaign lasted several months, and developed into a contest of great ferocity … When the election came on, Taylor’s party was able to gain possession of the writ, since Taylor’s son was sheriff of the county. Rival polls were held and Taylor returned. The House unseated him, 15 Jan. 1766, and his petition was rejected. He stood again for Wells in 1768, but his opponents had taken advantage of the interval to create a large number of honorary freemen, and he was defeated after another expensive contest” (Namier and Brooke, The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1754-1790)