Anti electoral reform handbill


The printer William Meggy issued this handbill in 1831 to discourage the people of Great Yarmouth from supporting parliamentary reform. Meggy argues that if greater voting rights were extended to the men of Great Britain the nation would be destabilised. He states that reform would ultimately lead to the ‘Destruction of the Rights & Privileges of the Poor Freemen’ of Great Yarmouth. The handbill closes with an invitation to sign a petition against proposed reforms at his shop. The Reform Act was eventually passed in June 1832.

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A petition against reform to prevent the infringement and eventually the entire destruction of the rights & privileges of the poor freemen of the borough of Great Yarmouth, is now lying for signature at the shop of W. Meggy, bookseller, opposite the bridge
1831, Great Yarmouth
William Meggy
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N.Tab.2012/6(1i) (64)

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