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TITLE
Election Literature, 1874: Letter to the Inverness Electorate
EXTERNAL ID
Z_QZP40_2915_P014
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
8934
KEYWORDS
elections
politics
politicians
political parties
Election Literature, 1874: Letter to the Inverness Electorate

This letter was sent to the electorate of the Inverness Burghs by the opponents of Charles Fraser MacKintosh during the General Election campaign of 1874. It lampoons a statement by Fraser MacKintosh's campaign team that his opinions "identify themselves with the development of the town and its inhabitants" by comparing it with Charles Darwin's theories on the development of man and inferring that the electors of the Burghs were somehow "undeveloped".

The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:
Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134
MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879
MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.

In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats

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Election Literature, 1874: Letter to the Inverness Electorate

1870s

elections; politics; politicians; political parties

Highland Libraries

Papers relating to the political career of Charles Fraser Mackintosh

This letter was sent to the electorate of the Inverness Burghs by the opponents of Charles Fraser MacKintosh during the General Election campaign of 1874. It lampoons a statement by Fraser MacKintosh's campaign team that his opinions "identify themselves with the development of the town and its inhabitants" by comparing it with Charles Darwin's theories on the development of man and inferring that the electors of the Burghs were somehow "undeveloped".<br /> <br /> The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:<br /> Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134<br /> MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879<br /> MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.<br /> <br /> In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats