Letter from Arthur Russell [MP], Shere, Guildford, 30 Oct 1884

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This letter refers to Russell having been once to the House of Commons and finding the session irrational and unsatisfactory as the Tories were "defiant and delighted" at their "agitation". He is probably referring to the Tories attempts in the House of Lords to restrict an enfranchisement reform bill, Lord Salisbury won the vote to block the Bill in Jul 1884. Russell says that's radicals "longing for" Salisbury's continued rejection have been having a go at the House of Lords all winter.