I hear a voice from some defender of this abuse, some upholder of this "rotten borough," crying, The Army is needed for defence!
In practice the rotten borough system, as it was called, tended to perpetuate the ascendency of the landed proprietors.
Unfortunately for his own peace of mind, Mr. Gordon identified himself with a rotten borough.
No rotten borough absorbs more cash than the fashionable world.
In short, Tattleton was what the advocates of the whole Bill were apt to term a close and sometimes a rotten borough.
In the sixteenth century the right to elect a member for the rotten borough of Gatton was in the hands of a woman.
He will find no quiet clique of the exclusive, studious and cultured; no rotten borough of the arts.
In the second place, Lansmere is neither a rotten borough to be bought, nor a close borough, under one man's nomination.
The average price of a seat in Parliament was £5000 for a so-called 'rotten borough.'
In 1809 he became of age, and entered parliament for a rotten borough openly bought for him by his father.