THE LIFE & TIMES OF A HERTFORD MP Abel Henry Smith, 1862-1930

Philip Sheail

Abel H. Smith

By the end of the 19th century the citizens of Hertford had come to feel rather nostalgic about the
days when their town had been a Parliamentary Borough. True, the elections of those times had
often been accompanied by the worst examples of bribery, brawling, treating and intimidation. But
such episodes could now be regarded with a certain amused detachment, for the simple reason
that things were now so very very different.

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