|A letter from Samuel Baraclough to Lord Palmerston alleging corrupt
practices, involving ale, pigs and money, at local elections in Tamworth.
Such bribery was commonplace at elections. The Corrupt Practices Act
of 1883 was intended to stop such electoral abuses. It fixed a limit
on the amount candidates could spend at elections, and anyone caught
breaking the rules could be fined or imprisoned.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/5310 (13 November 1854)