To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."
SIR,—I was not a little surprised to see the borough of Shore- ham classed in your paper of the 5th as a nomination borough of the Wyndhams. You can hardly be aware that this borough comprises the whole Rape of Bramber (with the exception of Hor- sham), extending from Surrey to the sea, and larger in acreage and population than the whole county of Rutland. There are more than 1,900 voters on the register, and though Lord Leconfield owns property in the Rape, the extent is small when compared with the estates of Sir Percy Burrell and the Rev. John Goring ; and the influence of the Duke of Norfolk (a Liberal) is far greater. There are also the considerable estates of Sir Percy Shelley (a Liberal), Sir Charles Goring, Mr. Aldridge, the Broad- woods, Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Helthorpe, Major Pipon, Colonel Lloyd, Captain Crofts, Mr. Lyon, Mr. Wyatt, Mr. Hall, Mr. Borrer, Major Gaisford (a Liberal), besides numerous smaller landowners of various politics. But independently of this there are the large and increasing towns of Worthing and Shoreham, comprising King- ston, Southwick, &c., and containing, together with the large vil- lages of Henfield, Meld, and Warnham, more than 800 independent electors. Moreover, the severe contests which have frequently taken place are pretty strong evidence that this is no nouaination borough. —I am, Sir, your obedient servant, AN ELECTOR OF TILE BOROUGH OF NEW SHOREHAM AND RAPE OF BRAMBER.
Steyning, August 10, 1865.