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Election Literature, 1874: "To the Working Men of Inverness", a letter in support of Charles Fraser MacKintosh, no. 1

An anonymous letter, published during the General Election campaign of 1874 in the Inverness Burghs, calling on working-class voters to support Charles Fraser MacKintosh, one of two Liberal candidates. The writer points out that as this will be the first election conducted under a secret ballot, voters will be free to express their opinions without fear of reprisal from their employers.

MacKintosh of Raigmore is accused of reneging on promises to pursue a wage rise for railway employees and to improve the postal delivery, whilst Fraser MacKintosh has a proven track record of redistributing wealth among the working classes and of beautifying and enriching the town. Fraser MacKintosh also supported giving agricultural labourers the right to vote, a policy opposed by Raigmore.


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: "To the Working Men of Inverness", a letter in support of Charles Fraser MacKintosh, no. 1

1870s

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An anonymous letter, published during the General Election campaign of 1874 in the Inverness Burghs, calling on working-class voters to support Charles Fraser MacKintosh, one of two Liberal candidates. The writer points out that as this will be the first election conducted under a secret ballot, voters will be free to express their opinions without fear of reprisal from their employers.<br /> <br /> MacKintosh of Raigmore is accused of reneging on promises to pursue a wage rise for railway employees and to improve the postal delivery, whilst Fraser MacKintosh has a proven track record of redistributing wealth among the working classes and of beautifying and enriching the town. Fraser MacKintosh also supported giving agricultural labourers the right to vote, a policy opposed by Raigmore.<br /> <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