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John Cannon

10 May 1990
A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783 
by Paul Langford.
Oxford, 803 pp., £25, September 1989, 0 19 822828 7
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Voters, Patrons and Parties: The Unreformed Electorate of Hanoverian England, 1734-1832 
by Frank​ O’Gorman.
Oxford, 445 pp., £40, August 1989, 0 19 820056 0
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... at the Bull to spend a few days at home at the expense of the candidates. Even the non-voters had their parts to play as piemen or messengers, chairmen, bill-stickers or noisy chorus. This world Frank O’Gorman has reconstructed with loving and patient care and with a wealth of documentation and analysis that is imposing. Not since the days of the Porritts, before the Great War, has the old ...
17 February 2000
Edmund Burke. Vol. I: 1730-84 
by F.P. Lock.
Oxford, 564 pp., £75, January 1999, 0 19 820676 3
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... he took his copy of the memoirs to Chewton Mendip because he had decided to change course. All we know at present is that instead of what Namier might have written about Burke we have the work of Frank O’Gorman, who began in 1967 by looking at the latter-day Burke in The Whig Party and the French Revolution and went on to take a wider view six years later in Edmund Burke: His Political Philosophy ...

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