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there were not always more candidates than available seats for the constituency because of theclear political power constellations or clear lines of patronage (even after the Reform Act of1832andthe elimination of most of the rotten boroughs with only a few voters firmly underthe control of influential families). Over the course of the nineteenth century, such uncontestedconstituencies became fewer, but even in Bolton, Liberals ‘True Friends of Her Majesty’ | 107and Conservatives still agreed to share the seats in 1859without a campaign. In such cases, the‘election’ was over with the nomination of the candidates. 79.Numerous examples of placardsand pamphlets from the election campaigns can be found in the Election Collections of theArchive in Bolton (ZZ 130and ZZ 360),Bradford (DB 3,case 50;DB 13), Huddersfield (KC 174and KC 380),Leeds (WYL 163and WYL 454)as well as in the collection of the library of theThoresby Society in Leeds (SA 2and 22C1). 80.As elections in the nineteenth century did not
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