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henry_flower ([personal profile] henry_flower) wrote2017-04-24 07:52 pm

A concise algo for becoming a member of the House of Commons

~1693:

"He must go through all the miseries of a canvass, must shake hands with crowds of freeholders or freemen, must ask after their wives and children, must hire conveyances [0] for outvoters [1], must open alehouses, must provide mountains of beef, must set rivers of ale running, and might perhaps, after all the drudgery and all the expense, after being lampooned, hustled, pelted, find himself at the bottom of the poll, see his antagonists chaired, and sink half ruined into obscurity."

[0] conveyance -- transport.
[1] outvotes -- people who had votes in places where they did not reside.

From The History of England by Thomas Babington Macaulay, Chapter 19.