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Letter from the 4th Earl of Abingdon declining to support an Oxford parliamentary candidate

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Letter from the 4th Earl of Abingdon declining to support an Oxford parliamentary candidate

Author
Willoughby Bertie, 4th Earl of Abingdon
Date
14 August 1790
Medium
Manuscript

In this letter, to an unidentified prospective parliamentary candidate, the Earl of Abingdon refers to "a Misunderstanding some years ago...between the Corporation and Myself." In 1768 he was forced to withdraw his interest in the Oxford parliamentary seats following the exposure of an arrangement whereby Abingdon and the Duke of Marlborough had agreed to discharge the Oxford Council's debts in return for control over the nominations for the seats (House of Commons 1754-90, vol. 1, pp. 357-8). Abingdon refuses the prospective candidate's request for support, citing "the deranged situation in which my Affairs have been." The Earl's finances were in disarray and putting up a candidate, irrespective of whether their political views aligned or not, was not within his means.

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