Letters from Holloway Prison

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8 letters of Louisa Garrett Anderson to her mother Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, smuggled out of Holloway prison. Transcriptions of the original letters are included in the item descriptions. The letters, mostly written in pencil, were folded in one envelope addressed to Mrs Garrett Anderson MD. Written in pencil by Sir Colin Anderson, LGA's nephew, on the envelope: 'Letters from LGA smuggled out of Holloway Gaol' .

On 5 Mar 1912 Louisa Garrett Anderson was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates Court to six weeks' hard labour for breaking a window at 47 Rutland Gate, home of Mr George Fuller. She pleaded guilty to causing window damage with a stone, under the wrong impression that it was Mr Hobhouse's [CEH Hobhouse, MP for Bristol, strongly anti-suffrage] house.

LGA: 'It was done as a political protest, and in reply largely to a speech made by Mr Hobhouse some time ago, in which he said he did not consider that the Suffrage agitation was supported by popular feeling, because women were not doing the damage to property similar to that committed by men in 1832 in the Reform riots.'

Magistrate: 'I am not going into what happened in 1832.'

LGA: 'We women must look back to 1832. We are fighting the same battle as was fought then, and if it is the only argument that the country can understand we are obliged to use it.'

Related Material

An additional letter from to Holloway by LGA to Mrs Wilkes is available in the Autograph Letters reference 9/26/006.