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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1831, Sunday, May 1, 1831


Andover—Both the late members, anti-reformers, have retired for Messrs. Fellowes and Ettwall.

Aylesbury—Lord Nugent has addressed the electors of Aylesbury; he and his present colleague, Mr. Rickford, the banker, will be re-elected, notwithstanding the opposition threatened by the Marquis of Chandos.

Banbury—Of the eighteen borough voters six have pledged themselves to oppose the nominee of the Marquis of Bute, unless he supports the bill.

Bassetlaw—The Hon. Arthur Duncombe has addressed the burgesses and freeholders. He voted against the Bill, but avows himself in his address friendly to moderate reform and the extension of the elective franchise.

Bath—The Earl Brecknock is again coming forward, in opposition to General Palmer.

Bedfordshire—The friends of reform will be glad to learn, that Sir Peter Payne, Bart. of Kimston Hall, in this county, upon a requisition most numerously signed, has pledged himself to come forward and support the "common office of the people." The hon. baronet's political principles are well known to the county at large, and he will no doubt be returned, as he has long advocated the necessity of reform, and will support the ministerial measure to its fullest extent. Mr. Stuart has also come forward again on the principle of a moderate reform.'

Berkshire—This county is contested by Mr. Throckmorton, on the liberal interest, against the late member, Mr Robert Palmer, who voted for General Gascoyne's motion; and it is confidently asserted that his vote will lose him his seat, and that Mr. Charles Dundas, the old member, and Mr. Throckmorton will he returned.

Berwick—The election is to commence on the 30th of April. Candidates, Sir F. Blake, Bart. and Colonel Beresford. A deputation for another candidate has been unsuccessful.

Beverley—Mr. Sykes retires on account of ill health. The two candidates on the reform side are Mr. Burton, the late member, and Mr. Wm. Marshall. Mr. Cave is talked of as a third man.

Bridport—Mr. Carruthers, one of the "moderate" reformers, after a day's canvass against Mr. Warburton, wisely withdrew his pretensions; a sound reformer, Mr. C. F. Williams is starting in opposition to Sir H. St. Paul, the Tory candidate.

Bristol—Mr. Hart Davis, who opposed the Reform bill, we hear, has declined. Mr. Protheroe, jun., pledges himself to support his Majesty's throne and government. Mr. Baillie's re-election is secure.

Buckinghamshire—The Marquis of Chandos it is expected will be ejected from this county. Mr. P. Grenfell has accepted the invitation of the electors to stand with Mr. John Smith for the county: the election takes place on the 5th instant.

Bury St. Edmunds—For the first time these thirty years, there will be a contest for this borough. The Duke of Grafton attests his sincerity for the Reform bill, by recommending his nephew, Colonel Fitzroy, a friend to the bill, in place of Lord Euston, who opposes it. The Earl of Bristol nominates Earl Jermyn, his son, an opponent to the bill. Mr. Rolfe, reformer of the borough, has started as a reformer; and Capt. Burnet, of the Yeomanry, as an anti-reformer.

Calne—Sir James Macdonald has retired, as he intends standing for Hampshire; the two new candidates are Mr. Macauley, late member, and Colonel Fox, son-in-law of the King, on the Marquis of Lansdowne's interest. Mr. G. W. Heneage is rumoured as a third candidate.

Cambridgeshire—An opposition is threatened here by the "Conservatives" to the return of Lord Francis Godolphin Osborne.

Carlisle—Col. Lushington has resigned.

Cheshire—Lord Belgrave and Mr. George Wilbraham are sure of this county without a contest; the return of the last gentleman leaves a borough open to a member pledged to reform.

Chester—Sir Phillip Egerton, after one day's canvass in this city, has seen the necessity of retiring. The Hon. R. Grosvenor and Mr. Cunliffe Offley will be returned without opposition, both pledged to the bill.

Chichester—Mr. John Smith retires, but we are happy to say to stand for a county; his son, Mr. John Abel Smith, has declared himself a candidate in his place.

Chippenham.—Mr. Pusey, the anti-reform member for this borough, has retired; the other late member Mr. Neeld, is coming forward, and three others are named, Mr. Powlett Scrope, Mr. Talbot, and Mr. Boldero.

Chipping Wycombe, Bucks—The latest accounts state that "Not at home" has been the invariable answer to the canvass of Sir J. D. King, Bart., who voted against the Reform bill. The hon. Robert Smith, nephew of Mr. J. Smith, the banker, has met with great success.

Colchester—The two late members, Messrs. Harvey and Mayhew, have an opponent it appears in Mr. Sanderson, who gets again the support of the corporation.

Cornwall—Sir Richard Vyvyan, who has been promised by the "conservative party" no less a sum than 40,000l. to bear the expenses of any opposition against him here, comes forward again. The struggle will be a well contested one, and the result of considerable importance. Mr. Pendarves and Mr. Peter are here in the field on the reform side.

Coventry—Mr. H. Bulwer comes forward here in opposition to Mr. Fyler, who will not pledge himself to the bill unconditionally. Mr. E. Ellis is also a candidate.

Cricklade—Mr. Pitt, anti-reformer, has retired; and the Hon. P. Pleydell Bouverie, brother to the Earl of Radnor, is a candidate in his place on the well known principles of his noble reation.

Cumberland—Sir James Graham has addressed the electors.—An opponent will be found for Lord Lowther, his relative Sir John Lowther having retired; a second reformer, Mr. Blamire, is announced. It is, however, announced that Lord Lowther has declined.

Derby—A very active contest for this borough is expected. The Duke of Devonshire will support Mr. Cavendish with all his influence.

Derbyshire—Mr. Mundy's vote for General Gascoyne's amendment his compelled him to retire from the county.

Devizes—Mr. Pearse and Mr. Watson Taylor will be reelected. Both opponents of the bill.

Devonshire—The Protestant Dissenters are coming forward in a body to subscribe to a fund for defraying all the expenses of Lord John Russell's election for this county.

Dorchester—Mr. R. Williams, of Grosvenor square, has addressed the electors here, as has also Lord Ashley; both voted against the bill.

Dorsetshire—Mr. Portman has again addressed the electors, declaring his intention to pursue the same line of conduct he has hitherto acted on. He voted for the bill on every provision. Sir J. Wildbore is invited.

Droitwich—Lord Sefton and Mr. H. Foley will be reelected without opposition.

Durham—Mr. William Russell, who consented to sacrifice for the national advantage his borough property, is up again. Lord William Powlett, whoopposed his noble father on the bill, has prudently beaten a retreat, on the ground, as stated in his address, that "his opinions on the Ministerial plan of Reform are not in unison with those of the great majority of his constituents.

Durham City—The election commences to-morrow. Mr. Angelo Taylor, who at the commencement of the week declined a contest, has, at the solicitation of a number of electors, determined to stand. Mr. Chaytor again comes forward, and the Marquis of Londonderry opens his purse freely to effect the return of Sir Roger Gresley.

Essex—We are informed that the success of Mr. Long Wellesley in this county is beyond a doubt. The reformers in Essex are determined to reject Colonel Tyrrel. Mr. Wellesley has received the most unqualified promises of some of the most influential supporters of Mr. Western.

Evesham—The candidates are Sir Charles Cockerell, one of the former representatives, and Mr. Thomas Hodson, who declares himself an advocate of reform.

Falmouth—Sir C. Lemon has given up the contest for Penryn: the only candidates at present, are Mr. Freshfield and Mr. Stuart. A party, too, it is said, are canvassing for Mr. Weeding.

Gloucester—Mr. Webb retires from the city to make way, according to an arrangement at the last election, for Captain Berkeley, R. N. who has pledged himself to support the bill.

Gloucestershire—Lord R Edward Somerset has addressed the electors, announcing his determination to come forward again. The reformers have, however, called on the Hon. H. Moreton to come forward. Sir B. W. Guise has also addressed the electors.

Grantham—Colonel Hughes comes forward here as a thorough reformer.

Great Grimsby—Mr. R. Gronow, who avows himself a staunch reformer, has announced himself a candidate for the representation of this town.

Harwich—Mr. T. C. Tower and Mr. B. Western will oppose Messrs. Herries and Dawson.

Herefordshire—Sir John Cotterell and Sir R. Price are canvassing; Mr. Hoskins, of Strickskenning, has come forward in opposition to Sir John Cotterell, who only pledges himself to a moderate reform. The contest will be a very severe one.

Huntingdonshire—The 5th of May is fixed for the election. There is as yet no opponent to Lord Mandeville.

Hythe—Mr. Stewart Majoribanks, who supported the bill by his vote, is again in the field. Mr. Loch, the other member, who voted the same way, comes forward also. They will find no opposition.

lpswich—Lord Euston has retired here; Colonel Fitzroy is in the field in the interest of the Duke of Grafton. Lord Jermyn is also again coming forward, and the Tories are about to start Mr. Bennett. Two reformers, Mr. James Morrison and Mr. Rigby Wason, are in the field, and confident of success; they, as all reformers are bound to do, coalesce.

King's Lynn—Lord William Lennox has been invited to come forward here as a reformer; he has accepted the invitation. Lord G. Bentinck is also in the field on the same side.

Lancashire—Mr. John Wilson Patten it appears is determined to stand a contest for the representation of the county.

Leicester—Sir Charles Abney Hastings, who opposed the bill, retires here.

Leicestershire—Mr. Keck has retired from this county on the appearance of Mr. Paget, a reformer.

Lincoln—Mr. Heneage is the second reform candidate for the city.

Lincolnshire.—The very announcement of a reformer has frightened away Mr. Chaplin, after having four times represented the county.

Liverpool—Mr. Denison does not offer himself, and it is probable that the late members will be re-elected without opposition.

Ludlow—Lord Clive and his relative, the Hon. R. Clive, have published a joint address to the burgesses, whom they call "worthy and independent." It is one of the closest of the nomination boroughs in England.

Malmesbury—Sir Charles Forbes declares he will not pay as much for this borough as on the last occasion, for he conceives it will be too short to remunerate him for the outlay.

Marlborough—There will be a contest here.

Marlow—Colonel Clayton, who was unsuccessful here against the Williams's, at the last election, is coming forward again as a supporter of the ministerial measure.

Newcastle-under-Lyne—Mr. Josiah Wedgewood, senior, is in the field on reform principles.

Norfolk—Mr. Coke, the father of the late House of Commons, is coming forward again in the hope of aiding, by his vote, in the consummation of the only one of the three great principles of his life which remains unaccomplished, namely, reform in parliament; the other two, the relief of the Dissenters and the emancipation of the Catholics, having succeeded.

Northampton—The new reform candidate, Mr. Vernon Smith, late member for Tralee (Ireland), is a nephew of the Rev. Sydney Smith; he opposes Sir Robert Gunning, who opposes the bill.

Northamptonshire—Lord Althorp has addressed his late constituents. This address, referring to the late division, says, "The question decided by this last division did not indeed essentially affect the principle of the measure, but the circumstances under which it was proposed and carried, put an end to all hope that the bill could pass through a committee without such alterations as would essentially change its character and destroy its efficacy."

Northumberland—It is said that Lord Howick will stand here. His noble father was for some time (two parliaments, we believe) its representative.

Norwich—The election commenced on Friday, and the two late members, Mr. Grant and Mr. Gurney, were put in nomination, when suddenly Sir Charles Wetherell and Mr. T. P. Sadler were also nominated. The show of hands was in favour of the former gentlemen. A poll was demanded, and adjourned till nine o'clock yesterday morning. We suppose the name of the latter gentleman is a mistake for that of the late member for Newark, Mr. M. T. Sadler.

Nottinghamshire—Mr. Evelyn Denison has come forward in place of Admiral Sotheron, resigned; Mr. Denison supports the bill.

Old Sarum—The election takes place on Monday. The venerable elm oak was cut down on Wednesday, and the marquee is to be erected in the open air.

Oxfordshire—Mr. Fane, who opposed the bill, has resigned in despair, on the result of a canvass of three days; Mr. George Harcourt (late Vernon), the member for Lichfield, has offered himself, and Major Weyland has consented to be put in nomination, both on the reform principal; and Lord Norreys will, no doubt, be thrown out.

Oxford University—The two late members will be re-elected to-morrow, unopposed.

Peterborough—No opposition.

Petersfield—Colonel Joliffe and his nephew, Sir W. Joliffe, are opposed to Mr. Ogle and Mr. Marsh.

Plymouth—The Hon. Captain Eliot, Secretary to the Admiralty, puts up as member for Plymouth.

Queenborough—Captain G. Calcraft opposes the late members, who opposed the bill, and gets the Government influence.

Salisbury—Mr. Wm. Brodie has been solicited, and will stand for this city, in opposition to Mr. Wadham Wyndham, who voted for General Gascoyne's amendment.

Sandwich—Mr. Grove Price is coming forward again Mr. Marryatt, the other member who supported the bill, is also again canvassing.

Somersetshire—Colonel Gore Langton, a pledged reformer, has started here, in answer to a requisition presented to him, signed by more than a thousand freeholders in a few days.

St. Ives—Mr. Wellesley and Mr. E. Lytton Bulwer will be returned without opposition for this borough; should Mr. Wellesley be returned for Essex, he will vacate the borough in favour of Mr. Halse, a Cornish gentleman.

Suffolk—Sir Henry Hanbury, who gave the bill his vote, is again prepared for the field; the " Conservatives" are straining every nerve to incite Sir Thomas Gooch and Sir Charles Vere to come forward in opposition to the late members.

Tewkesbury—Mr. Tracy opposes Mr. Dowdeswell, who voted against the bill.

Thetford—The corporation talk of a second anti-reformer in opposition to the Duke of Grafton.

Wareham—Mr. Calcraft? and Mr. Wood, Earl Grey's private secretary, will be the new member.

Wenlock—Mr. Cecil Weld Forester has come forward again here, as well as his late colleague. Both have recorded their votes against the bill.

Weymouth—Sir E. Sugden has resigned. Mr. F. Buxton is in the field; he says honestly, " I am a reformer, and voted for the Reform bill. Mr. G. Bankes is talked of as coming forward in Sir E. Sugden's place.

Woodstock—The Marquis of Blandford has retired from this borough; his lordship is, however, talked of for the county of Oxford, in the place of Mr. Fane, who opposed the bill. Mr. Richardson is the reform candidate here.

Wootton Bassett—Lord Mahon and Lord Porchester will be the new members.

Worcester—Lord Henry Fitzroy starts here in opposition to the late members, who supported the bill.

Worcestershire—Mr. Richards has resigned in favour of Sir T. Phillips; the Hon. Captain Spencer, brother of Lord Althorp, will be opposed to Colonel Lygon, who it is thought will be thrown out.

Wiltshire—Mr. Benett and Sir J. Astley will be reelected without opposition; they both supported the Reform

York City—No contest. Both the late members voted for the ministers therefore they are safe.