What About The Church? Protestant Electors, Do Not Be Deceived!Mr. Disraeli cannot save it, Mr Gladstone cannot hurt it, except so far as it is true or false to its own principles.... John Hampton, Hereford. September 1st, 1868.
F.T. Hawkins, Printer, 13, High Street, Hereford. [1868.]
Letterpress broadside handbill, sheet 285 x 215mm. 11¼ x 8½".
An interesting piece of popular ephemera that reflects debates around the status of the Church of England in the build up to the 1868 general election. Some were arguing that it should be disestablished. The author here, apparently independent of both Liberal and Conservative official positions on the issue, exhorts voters in Hereford to sign up to his petition to the clergy. The 1868 election was the first after passage of the Reform Act 1867, which enfranchised many male householders, thus greatly increasing the number of men who could vote in elections in the United Kingdom. It was the first election held in the United Kingdom in which more than a million votes were cast. The result saw the Liberals, led by William Ewart Gladstone, again increase their large majority over Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives to more than 100 seats.
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