This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter V. Mr Graham's relations with the various political "interests" in the county of Perth--Correspondence with reference to his representing Perthshire--His plan of operations--Is unanimously elected member for the county. When Mr Graham contested Perthshire in 1772 with Colonel Murray of Strowan, he was supported by what was termed the "independent interest," while his opponent had with him the "Atholl interest," then and for some years afterwards predominant in the county. Graham becoming, as we have seen, connected by marriage, and subsequently by personal friendship, with the Duke of Atholl, gradually desisted, with a forbearance not unnatural in the circumstances, from his opposition to the Duke's party in the county; and at the general elections in 1774, 1780, and 1784, Colonel Murray was returned without a contest. In the year 1789, however, the 1794 State of County Politics. 47 "independent party" took steps again for asserting themselves. Some private offers of support seem then to have been made to Graham; but it was understood that the party had pitched upon Drummond of Megginch as their candidate,--and in fact he was so at the general election in June 1790. On this occasion Graham was one of a majority of 67 freeholders who voted for General Murray, 38 voting for Drummond. In thus supporting the Duke's candidate, Mr Graham kept still in view his early-formed project of representing the county, and laid his plans very carefully for taking advantage of the vacancy which General Murray's precarious state of health rendered probable at no distant period. Early in 1794, General Murray's health getting worse, his retirement became imminent. The intention, on the part of Colonel Graham and his immediate friends, that he should...
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