Hugh Franklin's Correspondence

Scope and Content

1910 Correspondence: with his uncle, Herbert Samuel, then Post-Master General relating to suffragette prisoners' treatment while on remand and also relating to Hugh Franklin's queries about 'political restraints' if he accepted the renewed offer of post as Sir Mathew Nathan's private secretary (only Hugh Franklin's 'copy letter' relating to the latter).

Correspondence with sympathisers and opponents relating to events of 'Black Friday' (18 Nov 1910) and to Hugh Franklin's assault on Churchill, subsequent trial and imprisonment, including letters of sympathy to Hugh Franklin's father from the Chief Rabbi, the Master of Gonville and Caius College and Lord Rothschild; letter of support to Hugh Franklin including one from Evelyn Sharp, some anonymous Note especially 7HFD/A/4/01-2

1911 Correspondence including: letters from sympathisers, WSPU and MSPU members, including Mrs Mabel Duke (WSPU Hon Sec), Christabel Pankhurst and Jessie Kenney, relating to release from prison in Jan and subsequent imprisonment with forced feeding for throwing stone at windows of Churchill's house in Mar. Note especially 7HFD/A/4/03-5

1912 Correspondence including: with Herbert Samuel relating to treatment of William Ball, a Suffragette prisoner forcibly fed and later removed to a lunatic asylum. Note especially 7HFD/A/4/06.

1913 Correspondence including: 7HFD/A/4/07-16.

1914 Correspondence including: letter from Gerald Farre Cornish of the Margaret Morris School of Dance discussing offering Hugh Franklin post as business manager if safe for him to return. Also copies of correspondence with Home Office, Aug 1914 relating to terms of amnesty for suffragette prisoners.

Note: detailed descriptions are given of selected items only.