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Right of Election:
in inhabitants paying scot and lot
Number of voters:
|26 Jan. 1715||NATHANIEL BLAKISTON|
|11 Apr. 1722||CHARLES SELWYN|
|26 Aug. 1727||HENRY KELSALL|
|11 June 1733||FARRINGTON re-elected after appointment to office|
|2 Mar. 1734||THOMAS WATTS||27|
|12 May 1741||EDWARD CLIVE||25|
|14 May 1745||RICHARD LLOYD vice Clive, appointed to office|
|9 Nov. 1745||SIR EDWARD PICKERING vice Ord, deceased|
|1 July 1747||THOMAS CLARKE|
|27 Jan. 1753||ARNOLD NESBITT vice Albert Nesbitt, deceased|
In 1715 the lord of the manor of Mitchell was Henry Arundell, 5th Baron Arundell of Wardour, a Roman Catholic and a Jacobite. The five deputy lords, from among whom the returning officer was chosen, were three Tories, Sir Richard Vyvyan, 3rd Bt., M.P., Sir William Carew and William Courtenay, M.P. (father of Kelland), and two Whigs, Sir William Scawen and Hugh Boscawen,1 all landowners in and around the borough. By 1754 the deputy lords had become Sir Richard Vyvyan, 5th Bt., Richard, 1st Baron Edgcumbe, Admiral Edward Boscawen, Capt. Charles Courtenay (son of Kelland), and Thomas Scawen, the heir of Sir William Scawen.2
From 1715 until 1734, in spite of the Tory majority among the deputy lords, Hugh Boscawen, 1st Lord Falmouth, the government manager for the Cornish boroughs, succeeded in getting ministerial candidates returned unopposed. In 1727 there was a threat of an opposition financed by the Duchess of Marlborough,3 but in the end two ministerialists were returned unopposed, the Government having spent £1,620 on the election, including £1,020 for 34 votes at £30 each. In 1734, when Lord Falmouth had gone into opposition, a government agent reported to Walpole that
already Lord Falmouth hath not only begun his frolics at Michell, but all my intelligence ... is that his agents publicly threaten universal war. I am far from any thought of doing injury to his real interest in any place, but I am mighty unwilling to submit to his choler wherever it breaks out.4
Falmouth’s candidates were successful.
Thomas Pitt the Prince’s manager for the Cornish boroughs, wrote of Mitchell in October 1740:
Mr. Kelland Courtenay ... has a good natural interest in this borough, being one of the 5 [deputy] lords of the manor, but by neglect his interest has lately been lost, and one Mr. Newland has got a majority in the borough. Mr. Newland is a gentleman unknown in the country, but who has been long at work by his agents in the place. ’Tis believed that if Mr. Courtenay would come down and act for himself he may still recover his interest.5
Author: Eveline Cruickshanks
- 1. Rich. Edgcumbe to Newcastle, 27 Aug. 1727, Cal. SP Dom. Geo. II.
- 2. J. Wolrige to Sir Robt. Walpole, 1 July 1727, July-Aug. 1734, Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss.
- 3. Rich. Edgcumbe to Newcastle, 27 Aug. 1727, Cal. SP Dom. Geo. II.
- 4. J. Wolrige to Sir Robt. Walpole, 1 July 1727, July-Aug. 1734, Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss.
- 5. Chatham mss.
- 6. Sandwich to Pelham, 23 May, 4 Oct. and 29 Dec. 1747, Newcastle (Clumber) mss; Add. 32733, ff. 50-51; 35592, ff. 143-5, 158-9, 160-2.