Mr Edward Backhouse to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Letter headed 'Confidential'. Written from Ashburne, Sunderland. He said that if Mr Richardson should retire from the representation of the Hartlepools he would expect Isaac Lowthian Bell to be a candidate for the seat, but Mr Richardson has not yet announced his intentions. He himself cordially dislikes Bell as a politician; he is hopeless about the CD Acts 'and I guess ...you will get no direct answer from him'

Administrative / Biographical History

'he [IL Bell] had better keep to his calling for Parliament is not his sphere'

Bell was however returned for Hartlepools Jul 1875, and sat for that constituency till the dissolution of 1880

Biog: Mr Richardson MP; Isaac Lowthian Bell; Mr Edward Backhouse; Frederick Clark