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Extract from Bunbury Papers
Electors of the County of Carlow

By kind permission of Turtle Bunbury
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TO THE ELECTORS OF THE COUNTY OF CARLOW
April 2nd, 1857

GENTLEMEN,

I addressed you from London last week, as a candidate for the representation of our County in Parliament. On my arrival in Carlow, on Friday night, I immediately turned my attention to the consideration of the prospects of success that awaited me.

I find, after a most careful enquiry, that in consequence of the state of the Register, the votes of many Independent Liberals are lost.

I find that in consequence of the late period at which I announced myself as a Candidate, some, who would have received me favourably, at an earlier period, are now pledged to my opponents. As I know that on me must rest the responsibility of disturbing the peace of the County, and, perhaps, in some cases causing disunion and ill-feeling between Landlords and their Tenantry, I have determined, with the concurrence of friends who have so kindly given me their advice and assistance, to withdraw from the present contest. To continue it without expectation of success would neither be fair to my opponents nor honest to my supporters.

I cannot make this announcement without expressing my warmest gratitude to the Liberal party generally for a promise of support far beyond my deserts, and to those with whom I have communicated during the short time I have been in the county, for the kind feeling expressed towards me.

If the result of the present Election shall have the effect of rousing those who should be the leaders of the Liberal Party to a sense of their won strength when properly directed, their weakness when apathetic or indifferent to the registration, I shall have the satisfaction of feeling that I have been of some service to the Liberal cause.

I have the honour, to be, Gentlemen,
Our obedient servant,
Frederick Ponsonby
April 2nd, 1857

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
Source: Turtle Bunbury 2010

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