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Election Literature, 1874: Letters to the Inverness Electorate from Charles Fraser MacKintosh, page 1

These letters or election addresses were sent to the electors of the Inverness Burghs by Charles Fraser MacKintosh after the dissolution of Parliament in January 1874. In the first he declares his intention to stand for at the forthcoming election as an independent Liberal. It was telegraphed from Algiers where Fraser MacKintosh was on a 'grand tour' after retiring from his position as Commissioner (factor) for the Macintosh estates.

The second letter, or supplemental address, sets out some specific policies supported by Fraser MacKintosh, which include five-year terms for each parliament; abolishing property and income tax; granting female suffrage; abolition of the Law of Patronage; nationalisation of the railways; the re-investment of post-office and telegraph revenues to improve services and lower charges; the extermination of rabbits and hares on, or near, arable land; and all measures to "lessen the evil of intemperance". This letter was telegraphed from Marseilles.

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: Letters to the Inverness Electorate from Charles Fraser MacKintosh, page 1

1870s

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These letters or election addresses were sent to the electors of the Inverness Burghs by Charles Fraser MacKintosh after the dissolution of Parliament in January 1874. In the first he declares his intention to stand for at the forthcoming election as an independent Liberal. It was telegraphed from Algiers where Fraser MacKintosh was on a 'grand tour' after retiring from his position as Commissioner (factor) for the Macintosh estates.<br /> <br /> The second letter, or supplemental address, sets out some specific policies supported by Fraser MacKintosh, which include five-year terms for each parliament; abolishing property and income tax; granting female suffrage; abolition of the Law of Patronage; nationalisation of the railways; the re-investment of post-office and telegraph revenues to improve services and lower charges; the extermination of rabbits and hares on, or near, arable land; and all measures to "lessen the evil of intemperance". This letter was telegraphed from Marseilles.<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