[ Rochdale and the Lancashire constituency on the eve of the passing of the Great Reform Act, 1832. ] Manuscript Document signed by 67 Rochdale freeholders, pledging to vote for John Wilson Patten in the 'Election for the County of Lancaster'.

Rochdale, Lancashire, and the Great Reform Act, 1832 [ John Entwisle (1784-1837) of Foxholes; John Wilson-Patten, 1st Baron Winmarleigh [ Lord Winmarleigh ] (1802-1892) ]
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Rochdale [ Lancashire ]. 30 April 1831.
SKU: 20525

2pp., foolscap 8vo. On wove paper with watermark 'J WHATMAN | TURKEY MILL | 1828'. On aged and worn paper, with the three vertical fold lines unobtrusively strengthened with archival tape. The paper carries the signatures of 67 men, arranged on both sides in two columns, with the first page headed by the following statement in the hand of the first signatory, 'John Entwisle Foxholes' [i.e. John Entwisle (1784-1837) of Foxholes, later MP for Rochdale]: 'We the undersigned Freeholders in the Interest of John Wilson Patten Esquire do hereby pledge ourselves to vote for him at the ensuing Election for the County of Lancashire, free of Expense, and to do all in our power to secure his Election – | Rochdale | 30th April 1831'. The signatories include several members of the leading local families: Midgley, Butterworth (including Thomas and John, both of 'Greengate'), Elliott, Lomax, Brierley, Clegg, Holt (including 'Robert Holt, Crescent'), Pilling, Taylor. Four individuals are noted as members of the clergy, by having 'Clerk' written beside their names: 'W. Harington', 'J. W. Inchbald [of St Mary's]', 'Wm. Hodgson [headmaster of the Grammar School of Rochdale]', 'Thos. Steele [of Littleborough]'. Patten was elected Member of Parliament for Lancashire in 1830, and stood down the following year. In 1832 he returned to Parliament as MP for the new constituency of North Lancashire. He would hold the seat for 42 years. He was a supporter of industrial and labour reform, and took an active part in helping to relieve the Lancashire cotton famine. In 1867 he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the last administration of his friend the Earl of Derby. He served as Disraeli's Chief Secretary for Ireland from September to December 1868. In 1874, on his retirement from the House of Commons, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Winmarleigh, of Winmarleigh in the County Palatine of Lancaster.?>