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TitleParliamentary Reform Leaflets and Election Ephemera
Ref NoCOLL MISC 0151
Extent1 volume
Admin Biographical HistoryRichard Potter MP 1778 - 1842 Richard Potter was the brother of Sir Thomas Potter (1773 - 1845), MP and first Mayor of Manchester (1838). They grew up on their father's farm at Tadcaster, North Yorkshire and collaborated both in business and politics in Manchester. They helped found the "Manchester Guardian" newspaper in 1821, which became "The Guardian" in 1959 to reflect its national distribution and news coverage. The Potter brothers also founded the "Times"(Manchester), later called the "Examiner and Times", and established the wholesale house in Manchester trade which became known as "Potter's". This place became a rendezvous for political and philanthropic reformers. In 1830 Richard Potter joined a group campaigning for parliamentary reform. The group proposed that the seats of rotten boroughs convicted of gross electoral corruption should be transferred to industrial towns. In 1831 Absalom Watkin (fl 1807 - 1861) drew up a petition asking the government to grant Manchester two Members of Parliament. As a result of the 1832 Reform Act Manchester had its first two Members of Parliament. Richard Potter was returned as Liberal MP for Wigan in 1832, 1835 and 1837. He later unsuccessfully contested Gloucester. His political views earned him the nickname "Radical Dick".
DescriptionSmall collection of electioneering leaflets and handbills, including three by Richard Potter, MP, to the electors of Wigan, in support of parliamentary reform. (?) Collected by Richard Potter.
1. J.Brotherton To the electors of the Borough of Salford, 1836.
2. R.Potter To the electors of the Borough of Wigan, 1836.
3. Now or never!, 1812.
4. M.Phillips To the future electors of the Borough of Manchester, 1831.
5. Mr Cobbett's motion etc..
6. Liverpool enquiry: Mr Bennet's motion etc.. 183-.
7. The speech of Sir S.Romilly in the House of Commons on Friday 5th June 1818.
8. R.Potter To the worthy and independent burgesses of Wigan July 27th, 1830.
9. R.Potter To the independent inhabitants of the Borough of Wigan, February 22 1831.
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