Written from Highfield Road, Edgbaston. At the moment entirely wrapped up in the East Stafford election and can think and talk of nothing else. Whether he votes for Jaffray depends whether he will go for repeal. If he declines he cannot vote for him.
RF Martineau to Mr Wilson
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'My mind has been and is so full of the East Stafford election ... that I can think of nothing else'
This was a by-election, the standing member having died. The Agents and friends of the Midland Counties Electoral Union moved in to bring pressure upon the candidates - Mr Jaffray (Liberal), Mr Allsopp (Conservative)
A deputation waited upon Mr Jaffray, 24 Jul, who finally promised not to vote against Mr Fowler's Bill for repeal and agreed to give the whole subject his best attention. Mr Allsopp on being questioned refused to give any pledge or to answer the question as to whether he would vote for Repeal. (For further details of the election campaign and the work of the MCEU see 'Shield' 19 Jul 1873 p 235; 26 Jul p 245, 2 Aug, p 256; 9 Aug, p 260)