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Document number: 10050
Date: 1832
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Bodleian Library, Oxford - Fox Talbot Personal Archive
Collection number: FT11080
Last updated: 24th April 2015

[This letter was prepared for the votors of Chippenham and was probably written in June 1832 when Talbot actively began canvassing for election as a Member of Parliament. He was successfully elected to the First Reform Parliament in mid-December 1832 and served one full term. This is a lithographed letter that exists in multiple copies. Following the practise of the day, Talbot would have signed each one personally and perhaps would have added a note specificaaly addressing the interests of the prospective voter.]


I called to request your vote and interest at the first election which shall take place of a Reformed Parliament.

My principles are well known to be those of loyalty and attachment to the King & Constitution, with a desire to correct those defects in our laws which have been suffered to accumulate through the negligence and apathy of former Parliaments.

Independence of Election is as advantageous to the Country as it is creditable to the reputation of the Electors- I have already endeavoured to assist Chippenham in the assertion of its independence and if it is the wish of the New Voters I will make another attempt.

But if such is your desire, I hope, Sir, you will favor me with an early promise of support, since every thing depends upon Union and Cordiality.


P.S. I have spoken of the Passing of the Reform Bill and the consequent extension of the right of voting to yourself and others as a thing no longer doubtful, owing to the glorious majority which has been obtained in the Elections.

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