The Reform Bill. (Given, with The News on Sunday, April 24, 1831.)An Accurate List of the Anti-Reformers, Borough-Holders, and Borough Nominees, who on Tuesday, April 19th, 1831, Voted in Favour of General Gascoyne's Motion, and Against the Reform Bill. [...] An Accurate List of the Friends of Reform, who on Tuesday, April 19th, 1831, Voted Against General Gascoyne's Motion.
Letterpress broadside. Sheet 395 x 330mm (15½ x 13"). Creases, wear to edges.
A rare broadsheet, listing the returns of a parliamentary motion moved by Lieutenant-General Isaac Gascoyne (c.1763-1841) in an attempt to block the reform of Parliament. Gascoyne entered Parliament in 1796 and in his time as MP opposed the abolition of both the Slave Trade & bull-baiting and Catholic Emancipation. In 1812 he was able to identify the assassin of Spencer Perceval, shot in the House of Commons. When this motion carried, the Government dissolved Parliament and called a General Election, hoping to destroy the anti-reform majority. It worked: Gascoyne lost his seat and the Reform Act passed in 1832.
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