Thomas Hughes to Mrs Hughes, Heckmondwicke and Co-operative Congress, Halifax, 4-6 Apr 1874

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This file contains two letters, The first, Heckmondwicke [on "Agricultural and Horticultural [CO-OPERATIVE] Association, Ltd Council", headed paper. Hughes was on the council of.], 4 Apr, discusses his journey. Hughes writes that his first and last thoughts are of "our poor dear boy" but that he is determined to not let it affect his work and how he will tell no one of it except Goldwin Smith [1823-1910]. Hughes writes that he feels that the present is a remarkable crisis in his life, Hughes is referring to the death of his son James [Jim]. The second, Halifax, 6 Apr, refers to Goldwin Smith confirming the arrival of the "Prussian" about which Hughes is very relieved. Hughes discusses the meeting of the Board at Heckmondwicke, that he chaired, and how successfully the annual report was settled, he mentions a second meeting in the evening where people spoke well, Goldwin less successfully than normal but Morrison and Rutherford more so. Hughes writes that most co-operators "in these parts are [underlined by Hughes] tea totallers". He then discusses the Congress, saying that the President, Brassey, gave an excellent address. Hughes is to travel to Sheffield tonight [6 Apr].