"Yeadon Liberals To The Editor Of The
Sir, there is a
paragraph under the above head in the Leeds Mercury, so totally devoid of truth
and such a gross and wilful misrepresentation
that I am induced to communicate to you a statement of facts.
list contains 179 voters and not 262 as stated in the Mercury. Of that number 5
are dead and 10 absent and abroad; many remained neutral and 24 (not 12) at the
least voted for Denison, so that I doubt whether 120 have voted for Eardley,
instead of 250 as stated in the Mercury.
I am glad to
say that a number of the most respectable and influential free-holders of this
township, having laid aside party and colour voted for Mr Denison and many more
would have done so had they been allowed to act according to their expressed
wishes and intentions.
I am, Sir, yours truly, VERITAS
Yeadon, 28th December 1848"
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Additional text by Christine Lovedale
This was an election for the Parliamentary seat of the
West Riding and was held on the 14th and 15th of December 1848. It was called
when Lord Morpeth was elevated to the House of Lords on the death of his
father. Initially there was only one candidate for the seat, The Right
Honourable Charles Wentworth Fitzwilliam, he canvassed in Leeds and received
such a hostile reception that he withdrew.
replaced by Sir Culling Eardley for the Liberal party and Edmund Denison
standing for the Conservatives. Denison won the election :
Majority of 2, 948 to Denison.
The tone of the letter suggests some complaints from the
Liberals in Yeadon.