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56                        HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
House on March 17th, 1803, to try the petition. An objection was first taken to Mr. Frost being heard, on the ground that he had been convicted in the Court of King's Bench of a libel on the Government, had been struck off the roll of attorneys and had been ordered to stand in the pillory, but though this sentence was passed it was never put into execution. Accordingly he was allowed to proceed, but the committee declared the sitting Members duly elected and that the petitions were frivolous and vexatious. It came out in evidence during the trial that the burgages were let at sums varying from 3d. to Is. per annum, but not one of the voters who voted at this election had ever paid these quit rents or the land tax. The majority of the tenants had had to sign a declaration that they held as trustees of the Duchess of Dorset, and only two of them held their own title deeds. Very few of the voters lived in, or had any connection with, East Grin-stead, being simply brought down to vote, fed and sent away again. The costs of this petition came to £706. 3s. 4d. and their recovery led to further lengthy suits, but in 1808, six years after the election, Messrs. Burt, Turley and those associated with them had to pay.
Sir Henry Strachey was born May 23rd, 1737. In 1764 he was private secretary to Lord Clive, subsequently Joint Secretary to the Treasury, one of the Under Secretaries of State and Master of the Household. He was created a Baronet on June loth, 1801, and died January 3rd, 1810.
1806,  Oct. 31st. Sir Henry Strachey, Bart., and Daniel Giles.
1807,  May 8th. Sir Nathaniel Holland Bart, (previously named Dance), and Charles Rose Ellis, of Claremont, Surrey.
This was the last contested election for the Borough and it led to another petition. Only 19 electors polled and the defeated candidates were Sir George Wright, Bart., and Mr. Samuel Hill. They went before Parlia­ment on July 10th and alleged that the Bailiff, Mr. George Bankin, had rejected legal votes tendered for them and received votes in favour of those returned from persons who had no right to vote, but they failed to
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