To the 2342 Electors of the City of CoventryWho Supported the Liberal Cause by Voting for me on Wednesday Last. Gentlemen...[six paragraphs]... Edward Fordham Flower. The Hill, Stratford-on-Avon, July 15th, 1865.
Letterpress broadside, campaign poster in form of an open letter; issued by the Liberal Party on behalf of their local candidate. Sheet 400 x 235mm, 15¾ x 9¼". Sheet roughly trimmed.
A rallying cry to Liberal supporters in the Coventry, Warwickshire, by Edward Fordham Flower (1805 - 1883). Fordham was an author, who at the age of twelve went with his father to Illinois, USA, but returning in 1824 settled at Stratford-on-Avon, and opened a brewery in 1832. The brewery was so successful that in thirty years he was able to retire and leave the business to his sons. He four times held the office of mayor of Stratford, the last occasion being in 1864, the year of the Shakespeare tercentenary. As a liberal he contested Coventry in 1865, and North Warwickshire in 1868, but was not elected. He reminds voters of the narrowness of his defeat in the recent contest (by 59 votes), and urges continued support for a future attempt.
Provenance: from a scrap album compiled c.1840 - 1880 by Alfred Towgood of Riverside, a paper mill owner at St. Neots, Huntingdon. He was also a Lieutenant in the Duke of Manchester's Light Horse.
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