volume 71, issue 175, P172-195 1998
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281.00059
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Abstract: In 1688 James II's government attempted to pack parliament by extensively remodelling local office-holding. This article uses the records of the Hull corporation, in particular a newly-discovered letterbook, to re-examine the campaign's impact on one large freeman borough. It concludes that, although government agents failed to browbeat the mayor and aldermen into nominating suitable candidates, their royally-appointed successors would almost certainly have secured the election of`right' M.P.s. By focusing on…

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