Document ReferenceOs C 379
TitleLetter from C. Paget, Ruddington Grange, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, to J.E. Denison; 22 Apr. 1848
Date22 April 1848
Extent6 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to his lack of local geographical knowledge; informs him that he cleared his land in autumn and corn growing well; states that he is sending petition agreed at Nottingham meeting; comments on meeting which included large number of middle classes although Chartists a minority and states that many Conservatives agree with petition; believes time for extension of franchise has arrived; states that he would extend franchise to occupiers of £8-£10 per year as this would create powerful body of voters against Chartists; expresses opinion on passing of Catholic Emancipation Act and Reform Bill and removal of Corn Laws; believes manner of gaining legislation 'injurious'; states that electoral reform would stabilise institutions and put intelligent county members in Parliament; states that [Fergus] O'Connor's election has lessened his 'power to do mischief'; comments that he would introduce ballot voting; believes property qualifications should exclude ignorant rather than poor.

Autograph note by J.E. Denison on f 1r reads 'Mr Paget extension of the Suffrage'.
TermCorn Laws
parliamentary business, bills, Reform Bill 1832
religious affairs, Roman Catholic emancipation
parliamentary business, reform
political movements, Chartism
agricultural improvements
political parties, Tories
governments, Whig Government 1846-52

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA9999O'Connor; Feargus (1794-1855); Mr; Chartist leader M.P. 18471794-1855
NA9523Paget; Charles (1799-1873); Mr; M.P. for Ruddington Nottinghamshire 1856-651799-1873
NA199Denison; J. Evelyn (1800-1873); 1st Viscount Ossington; M.P. Speaker of House of Commons 1857-72 created Viscount Ossington 18721800-1873
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