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Election Literature, 1874: "To the Working Men of Inverness", 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. In it, the author ridicules the claim that Charles Fraser MacKintosh, the other Liberal candidate, had spent "hundreds of thousands of pounds" in the area. By contrast, MacKintosh of Raigmore is acclaimed for his support of, and contribution to, public works (especially the construction of Highland railways) and for his "public and private acts of charity" which include a substantial donation to the Inverness Infirmary.

The Tory past of Fraser MacKintosh is highlighted and viewed with great suspicion, particularly his membership of the Junior Carlton Club. In contrast, Raigmore is portrayed as a "true and tried Liberal".

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 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. In it, the author ridicules the claim that Charles Fraser MacKintosh, the other Liberal candidate, had spent "hundreds of thousands of pounds" in the area. By contrast, MacKintosh of Raigmore is acclaimed for his support of, and contribution to, public works (especially the construction of Highland railways) and for his "public and private acts of charity" which include a substantial donation to the Inverness Infirmary. <br /> <br /> The Tory past of Fraser MacKintosh is highlighted and viewed with great suspicion, particularly his membership of the Junior Carlton Club. In contrast, Raigmore is portrayed as a "true and tried Liberal".<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