North Leicestershire Election.A New Song To An Old Tune. Dedicated to all gentlemen of Fox-killing tendencies.
Satirical song in six letterpress verses, broadside with woodcut title. Thin rag paper, sheet 315 x 165mm, 12½ x 6½". Folds, as normal.
An extremely scarce locally-printed broadside celebrating the defeat at the polls of a parliamentary candidate for Leicestershire. The author is a hunt supporter who accuses the candidate of threatening to kill foxes and put and end to fox hunting in the district should he not be returned. He cites at top a quotation from White's History of Leicestershire in support of his stance. The final verse calls for two Tory candidates to be elected, one being Lord John James Robert Manners, seventh Duke of Rutland (1818 - 1906). Manners was first returned for North Leicestershire in 1857, and he represented that constituency until 1885; after the Redistribution Act, he sat for the Melton Division of the county until he succeeded his brother in the dukedom in 1888. The duke himself was not deeply interested in sport, but he held for a time the hereditary mastership of the Belvoir hounds, the private pack of the dukes of Rutland which was instituted in 1720, and has since been in their ownership.
[Ref: 13455] £90.00