[Notice announcing Jacob Henry Astley's intention to run as candidate for Norfolk, with letter from Astley to James Sayers]To the Gentlemen Clergy, and Freeholders, of the County of Norfolk [...]
Letterpress and ms, 230 x 190mm (9 x 7½"). Small tears, folds etc.
Jacob Henry Astley (1756-1817), from an ancient and influential Norfolk family, was candidate for the county from 1797-1806, an instrument of Thomas William Coke's ambition to secure a Whig monopoly. With support waning and facing another contest, Astley withdrew in 1806 and ceded his interest to William Windham, but soon returned to the fold, as this notice indicates. It was sent to James Sayers of Yarmouth on 22nd February 1807 with a letter explaining Astley's motivations.
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