Down to 1893 the electorate was exceedingly small.
The General Court was the legislature and the electorate; the governor and assistants were the executive and the judiciary.
This radical reconstruction of the electorate necessarily made the result of the elections doubtful.
The second was to have 204 members returned for five years by the usual parliamentary electorate.
A mistake at the outset would probably have been fatal to him, but he saw the dangers of his position and moved so warily that in less than a year he had obtained the alliance of the elector of Saxony, a consequence of the terrible sack of Magdeburg by the imperialists in May 1631 and of the devastation of the electorate by Tilly.