[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Author: 
Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
Publication details: 
Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'
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Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by 'Sir Courtenay Mansel, Bart.' Addressed from 'The Manor, Maesycrugiau, Carmathenshire.' Dated 21 May 1929. 4pp., in a bifolium with 13.5 x 10 cm leaves. Photographic portrait of Mansel in military uniform on front cover, and facsimile of his signature at the end. In small print. He begins by asking: 'What are you going to do with your vote?' In the address that follows he touches on 'security and a stable Government', 'welfare of the poor', housebuilding, education, 'The cause of Peace' and 'the Socialist party'. Regarding the last topic he writes: 'We had, and have our Kerenskys. Had they succeeded in seducing the people of this land into following their fatal path that leads to the abyss, do not imagine that a Lenin would in the end have been lacking. Do not forget the hordes of degraded, starving children that roam the streets of Moscow at this moment, as famished as wolves, and sometimes their prey.' TWO: Printed endorsement on behalf of Mansel and the Conservatives by 'D. GERAINT EVANS, B.A. (Swansea)' of '1, Castle Buildings, | Swansea.' Dated 10 May 1929 and headed 'General Election, 1929. | University of Wales.'. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In small print. Begins: 'It is evident to anyone who has reviewed the political situation with any discernment, that the main issue at this Election is between Conservatism and Socialism.' Disdaining the 'specious promises of the Labour and Liberal Parties', Evans contents that 'The Socialist programme worked to its logical conclusion would bring industrial disaster and financial ruin upon the Country; further, by recording your vote for the Socialist Party you might be contributing toward the destruction of the principles which you hold most dear – the free development of individualism and personal liberty. To you as an educated man or woman, the prospect of bureaucratic bondage should be the least of all alluring.' Towards the end he writes that 'The Conservative candidate for the University of Wales, Sir Courtenay Mansel, Bart., J.P., of Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire, is a well-known and respected figure in Welsh political, literary and social circles. The electors of the University might with justice feel proud to send as their representative in Parliament such a well-known scholar and litterateur […]'.