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Chap. XVIII.] Parliamentary Election, 1SS0.            231
in question resulted in England generally in the overthrow of the Beaconsfield Government, but perhaps something must be set down to the fact that Mr. Donovan was only celebrated as a M.F.H., and Mr. Pearson was only a " Carpet-Bagger," to use a familiar American expression.
The figures of the Poll were as follows :
1880, Apkil.General Election. Gregory, G. B. (Conservative) .. 4526 Scott, M. D. (Conservative)           .. 4396
Bonovan, A. (Liberal) .. .. 2982 Pearson, J., Q.C. (Liberal) .. .. 2863
Before proceeding farther, it may be worth while to give in a few words some clue to the personality of the Candidates on both sides between 1832 and 1880. The Hon. C. C. Cavendish was a member of the ducal House of Devonshire, being the 4th son of Lord George Cavendish, who in 1831 was created Earl of Burlington. Mr. Cavendish was himself made a Peer in 1858, under the title of Baron Chesham. Mr. H. B. Curteis, defeated in the County in 1837, was elected Member for Rye in 1841, and sat for that constituency until his death in 1847. The present owner of Windmill Hill is his grandson. The Mr. J. V. Shelley of 1841 afterwards succeeded to a baronetcy, and sat for Westminster from 1852 till 1865. Mr. J. G. Dodson, after withdrawing from East Sussex in 1874, and allowing Mr. Scott to walk over, became Member for Chester at the then General Election, and was raised to the Peerage as Baron Monk-Bretton in 1884. Viscount Pevensey afterwards succeeded his father as Earl of Sheffield, and was the well-known patron of cricket and Volunteers, who died in 1909. The Earldom died with him, but his Irish Barony of Sheffield passed to his cousin, the 4th Lord Stanley of Alderley.
Colonel W. H. F. Cavendish was colonel of the Derbyshire Militia, and a son of General the Hon. H. F. Cavendish, a son of the 1st Earl of Burlington, and therefore uncle of the 7th Duke of Devonshire. Colonel Cavendish's younger brother, Mr. F. W. H. Cavendish,
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