By W. H. Hudson
Afoot in England, first released in 1909, recounts the author's wanderings from village to village around the south of britain, from Surrey to Devon and Cornwall, and alongside the East Anglian coast.His paintings speaks powerfully of the easy pleasures of the English countryside.Despite decades residing in poverty in London, while his state rambles have been an get away from a lifestyles that then held few different pleasures, Hudson ultimately completed reputation along with his books concerning the English nation-state, which in flip helped to foster the back-to-nature stream of the Twenties and 1930s.This version is brought via Robert Macfarlane, Fellow of Emmanuel collage Cambridge, and a modern explorer of Britain's wild areas. he's the writer of Mountains of the brain and The Wild areas.
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More restrictive than these two groups of boroughs were the burgage boroughs, where the franchise had long been attached to specific pro per ti es, and the corporation boroughs, where the franchise was exercised by the members of a self-perpetuating oligarchy. In some of the larger boroughs the voters might be qualified by possessing different kinds of franchises. In Bristol both freemen and freeholders could vote, whereas in Nottingham and Leicester both freemen and householders paying scot and lot possessed the franchise.
Despite the oft-repeated claims that electoral bribery and corruption were widespread in the eighteenth century, there are in fact very few validated cases of direct bribery. Votes were very rarely put up for sale to the highest bidder and most voters would have been insulted by the offer of a direct bribe. On the other hand, electoral costs were often very high because the voters did expect to he complimented, flattered and rewarded for their loyalty. Payments were rarely offered to corrupt the voter or his conscience, but the electorate did expect benefits and favours in return for the obvious political service wh ich they were performing for the propertied elite.