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Election Literature, 1874: "To the Working Class Electors",  a letter in support of MacKintosh of Raigmore

This anonymous letter, published during the General Election campaign of 1874, calls on working-class voters to support Eneas MacKintosh of Raigmore, one of two Liberal candidates for the Inverness Burghs parliamentary seat. The writer dismisses the prospect of the working-class electors supporting the Tory candidate, MacKintosh of Holme, despite his overtures to that group. William Gladstone's Liberal government is applauded for overseeing an increase in workers wages and a fall in the price of food.

The writer is very suspicious Charles Fraser MacKintosh's Tory past and doubts the sincerity of his conversion to Liberal principles whereas MacKintosh of Raigmore is considered a "steady" Liberal and loyal supporter of Gladstone.

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 Class Electors", a letter in support of MacKintosh of Raigmore

1870s

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This anonymous letter, published during the General Election campaign of 1874, calls on working-class voters to support Eneas MacKintosh of Raigmore, one of two Liberal candidates for the Inverness Burghs parliamentary seat. The writer dismisses the prospect of the working-class electors supporting the Tory candidate, MacKintosh of Holme, despite his overtures to that group. William Gladstone's Liberal government is applauded for overseeing an increase in workers wages and a fall in the price of food.<br /> <br /> The writer is very suspicious Charles Fraser MacKintosh's Tory past and doubts the sincerity of his conversion to Liberal principles whereas MacKintosh of Raigmore is considered a "steady" Liberal and loyal supporter of Gladstone.<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