A collection of correspondence, posters and handbills relating to Charles Tennyson D'Eyncourt and the Lambeth Elections
Tennyson adopted the name D'Eyncourt in 1852 (This date has been disputed. It has been claimed that he took this name in 1835 on the death of his father.) to comply with the wishes of his late father. His parliamentary career began in 1818 when he represented Grimsby [see IV/3/1]. In 1826 he became M.P. for Bletchingly and in 1832 he stood in the first Lambeth Borough elections and was returned to Parliament.
Most of the correspondence is from his committee organisers and canvassers (including Samuel Palmer and Boyes Thornton) reporting on the political climate in the Borough [see IV/3/64; IV/3/69 - 72] and letters criticising D'Eyncourt's too frequent visits to his family home, Bayons Manor, Lincolnshire [see IV3/52; IV/3/147]. It was alleged by his political opponents that D'Eyncourt was often absent from important parliamentary debates, and it was this hostile publicity which led to the defeat of D'Eyncourt in the 1852 election and the success of Wilkinson with a majority of 903 votes [see IV/3/163; 166-8; 172; 184].
This collection has been renumbered and the former references are given in brackets.