1831 election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - "Perfect neutrality!"

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Date:13th of July 1831

Description:At the 1831 elections, few men's opinions seemed to count for as much as those of Josiah Wedgwood II.

Taking sides

During 1831, Wedgwood was rumoured to be siding with Richard Edensor Heathcote, who was MP for Coventry between 1826 and 1830.

Supporters of rival candidate John Davenport, a pottery manufacturer, were alarmed enough to produce this notice to deny that this was the case.

They emphasise that Wedgwood had taken up a position of "perfect neutrality."

In fact, Wedgwood himself was ultimately returned as MP for Stoke-on-Trent in 1832.

About this document

This bill was printed by R. Timmis of Burslem, and is now among the colections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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