[Edinburgh, 1832: 'The first voting which took place on the Reform Bill'.] Manuscript 'Copy of Entry in the Register of Qualified Voters for the City of Edinburgh', signed by Carlyle Bell, Conjunct-Clerk, on George Berry of Antigua Street.

Author: 
Carlyle Bell (c.1779-1850), Conjunct-Clerk [joint town clerk] of the the City of Edinburgh [Great Reform Act, 1832]
Publication details: 
Entry dated 13 September 1832.
£350.00
SKU: 22710

A nice piece of Edinburgh historical ephemera. See the entry on George Berry (1795-c.1874), the first man to register to vote there following the passing the Great Reform Act, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1874-1875, where he is described as 'an enthusiastic "Free Trader"'. 40 x 10 cm slip of laid paper, with printed form on one side, headed 'COPY of ENTRY in the REGISTER of QUALIFIED VOTERS for the CITY of EDINBURGH.' In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with clean vertical cut unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Endorsed on reverse, in a contemporary hand: 'The first voting which took place on the Reform Bill'. The form is divided into eight columns, and is completed as follows, with manuscript additions in square brackets: 'No. [269] | Date. [13 Septemr 1832.] | Name. [George Berry] | Calling. [Agent & Merchant] | Proprietor or Tenant. [Tennant] | House, Warehouse, Shop, &c. [house 10 Antigua Street] | Street, Lane, or other Place or Residence. [residing there] | Parish [St Cuthbert]'. Printed beneath the form is: 'Certified by me, Conjunct-Clerk,' and beneath this is the signature 'Carlyle Bell'.