Complainers Thomas Goodsir and James M’Bain accused John Hutton of violating a statute that prohibited certain officials from voting in parliamentary elections. The premise of their complaint was that Hutton served as a distributor of stamps. Hutton explained that because stamps were not available near his home, he generally kept some on hand for use in his work as a writer. Hutton occasionally accommodated neighbors who wanted a bill or receipt stamp. He argued that this activity did not disqualify him from voting under the statute.
William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 8736
"Shaw's Digest." Bell and Lamond, Digests of Cases Decided in the Supreme Courts of Scotland, pg. 765
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