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was transferred to Mr Fitzgerald, who continued to divide with Lord Seaford the nomination till 1826, when they were opposed by Sir Jacob Astley, Bart., and William Earl Lytton Bulwer, Esq., who, however, were unable to defeat the combined local interest, the numbers being—for J. Fitzgerald, Esq., 55 ; Augustus J. Ellis, Esq., 54; Sir Jacob Astley, 26 ; W. E. Bulwer, Esq., 23. At the next election, however, in 1830, two gentlemen, Captain William Lyon and William Williams, Esq., determined on rescuing the borough from this nomina­tion, and they accordingly canvassed the electors. Having obtained many promises of support, they resolved to stand the poll, which was accordingly entered upon on the 30th July, 1830, when the number of votes decided by the Bailiff to be good were—for John Fitzgerald, Esq., 44; the Hon. Augustus Frederick Ellis, 38 ; William Lyon, Esq., 34; William Williams, Esq., 24; leaving five voters unpolled. Against this return Messrs. Lyon and Williams petitioned, and Captain Lyons succeeded in getting five votes, which had been rejected by the Bailiff, put upon the poll, but Mr Williams only succeeded in establishing two. The numbers, therefore, after the decision of the Committee, were—for John Fitzgerald, Esq., 40; William Lyons, Esq., 39 ; Hon. A. F. Ellis, 38 ; William Williams, Esq., 26 ; and the Committee reported that Messrs. Fitzgerald and Lyon were duly elected and ought to have been returned. This decision took the nomination out of the hands of Lord Seaford, who at the last election did not oppose the return of Captain Lyon.
" The voters in this place were formerly as corrupt as any place could possibly be. We have heard that at the election in 1792, a club was formed in the Pelham interest, similar in many respects to the Christian Club, at Shoreham, already mentioned in the chapter on Shoreham, the members of which received £100 each for their services: and for years afterwards the regular price of a single vote
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