[ T. Perronet Thompson, MP for Bradford: printed pamphlet. ] Catechism on the Ballot; Or, A List of Fallacies and the Answers. By Major-General Thompson, M.P. for Bradford, Author of the "Catechism on the Corn Laws."

Major-General Thompson [ Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869) ], M.P. for Bradford, Author of the "Catechism on the Corn Laws."
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'Stereotype. - Third Edition.' 1859. 'Published by G. Brown, at the Offices of the Ballot Society, 5, Guildhall Chambers, Basinghall Street, London. Printed by B. D. Cousins, Helmet Court, Strand.'
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28pp., 8vo. A side-stitched pamphlet, issued without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. At the head of the title-page is an engraving of the dove bringing the olive branch to Noah's Ark on the top of Mount Ararat. At foot of title-page: 'This publication having been reduced to its present price by the abandonment of profit and the sacrifice of the cost of the type, persons approving its contents are requested to purchase one additional copy and give away, giving the preference to individuals possessing the elective franchise. | Price Threepence. | A large allowance on 13 copies at the Publisher's.' Dedication, p.2: 'To the Working and Industrious Classes, this effort to advance their just Claims, is dedicated by their sincere Well-Wisher, T. Perronet Thompson. | Eliot Vale, Blackheath. | 1 Jan., 1859.' The pamphlet contains 150 'fallacies' and 'answers', laid out in small type and double column, with the left-hand column stating the fallacy and the right-hand column giving Thompson's answer. As an example, the first set reads: '1. That bribery flourishes unchecked – because the public voice refuses to ratify the statute law. - Edinburgh Review for Oct. 1853. Article, Parliamentary Purification, p. 572. | Answer. - Bribery flourishes unchecked, because the statute law is directed to what is well known not to hinder it, and is refused to be directed to what would seriously damage it. Such at least is the position maintained by the demanders of the Ballot.' There are three copies of this third edition (published in the same year as the first) on COPAC, and no copies of any earlier editions.