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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.                      56
was one of the founders of the Royal Academy and his portraits were in great request. The most famous of his pictures was "David Garrick as King Richard III." After his marriage he dropped his profession and became Member of Parliament for East Grinstead from 1790 to 1801. He changed his name, and when made a Baronet in 1800 appeared as Sir Nathaniel Dance Holland. It is reported that his head was turned; he withdrew from the Academy, bought up all his pictures he could lay his hands on, and burned them without a qualm. Perhaps he was a good critic. He died suddenly at Carnborough, on October loth, 1811, leaving a fortune of £200,000. A new writ was issued for East Grinstead during the Christmas recess.
1796, May 25th. Nathaniel Dance and James Strange, of Hertford Street, May fair, London.
This was the first Imperial Parliament of the United Kingdom.
1802, July 7th. Sir Henry Strachey, Bart., of Rooksnest, Tandridge, and Daniel Giles, of Lincoln's Inn, London, and Youngsbury, Hertford.
The voting at this election was: Strachey and Giles, nine each; John Frost, one. The two elected were the nominees of the Duchess of Dorset, who at this time controlled 29 out of the 36 burgage tenements. The defeated candidate petitioned against the return, as also did Mr. T. Burt, Mr. John Turley, after whom Mr. F. Maplesden's house in Ship Street is named, and others. John Frost alleged that a considerable majority of the show of hands was in his favour, but when he demanded a poll Mr. Geo. Bankin, senior, the bailiff, said "a poll for the Borough of East Grinstead was unusual and uncustomary." After some hesitation, however, it was granted, and at the poll Mr. Frost alleged the Bailiff accepted several "illegal, split and occasional votes" for the returned Members. He also alleged that the can­didates, their friends and agents were guilty of many "undue, illegal, unwarrantable and corrupt practices." A special committee of 49 members was elected by the
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