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Garret Election (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Garret Election

A ludicrous ceremony, practised every new parliament: it consists of a mock election of two members to represent the borough of Garret (a few straggling cottages near Wandsworth in Surry); the qualification of a voter is, having enjoyed a woman in the open air within that district: the candidates are commonly fellows of low humour, who dress themselves up in a ridiculous manner. As this brings a prodigious concourse of people to Wandsworth, the publicans of that place jointly contribute to the expence, which is sometimes considerable.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Garret * Gawkey

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