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228            Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XVIII.
weeks, Parliament having been dissolved after the vote of censure on Lord Palmerston, anent the China question.
1857, April 7-General Election. Dodson, J. G. (Liberal) .. .. 2524 Tevensev, Vincount (Conservative) 2447 Cavendish, Col. W. H. F. (Liberal) 2286 Fuller, A. E. (Conservative)           .. 2216
It may be interesting to exhibit the results of the voting in the various Polling Districts :
Dodson.
Cavendish.
Fevensey.
Fuller.
Brighton..
. 1070
990
433
354
Lewes
429
382
565
514
Hastings..
198
182
193
164
Cuckfield
159
119
213
196
East Grinstead .
151
130
200
183
Mayfield ..
210
191
445
418
Battle
189
173
249
252
Rye
127
119
149
135
2524
2286
2447
2216
Brighton was a stronghold of Radicalism half a century ago, and that gave a colouring to the vote of the Brighton non-resident freeholders, thus completely swamping the political opinions of the country districts.
Parties being so evenly divided, and, moreover, financially exhausted (for each had spent more than 15,000 in 1857), it was agreed in 1859 to call a truce and leave the representation divided, so Lord Pevensey and Mr. Dodson had a " walk over" at the General Election in April 1859. In those days elections were very different from what they are now. Each party had one meeting in each considerable town or village, and that was about all; the smaller villages were not taken much into account.
In 1865 there was another very severe contest.
1865, July.Genebal Election. Dodson, J. G. (Liberal) .. .. 2821 Cavendish, Lord E. (Liberal) .. 2647 Burrell, W. W. (Conservative) .. 2463 , Abbott, Hon. R. C. E. (Conservative) 2316
Mr. Burrell afterwards became known as Sir Walter Burrell, being the second son of Sir Charles M. Burrell, who died in 1862, after having sat for Shoreham since 1806a period of 56 years. Just conceive the tons of Blue Books which that good old man must have amassed
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