Mr Frederick Clark to Mr Wilson

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Written from Summerhill Grove, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Thanks to him and Mrs Wilson for the efforts they made to defeat Mr Childers at Pontefract. He would like a copy of any newspaper which gives their side of the question as the Leeds Mercury utterly ignores the Repeal view. All this shows the ignorance of the Country upon this question and fully justifies the formation of an Electoral League. Hopes to attend the Conference at Sheffield on the 29th and there should be a Town meeting in the evening. He encloses a little bill; they have them distributed from house to house and to the workmen coming out of the factories.

Administrative / Biographical History

[Mr Clark thanks Mr and Mrs Wilson] 'for the efforts you have made to defeat Mr Childers at Pontefract ... though not successful'

For cause of reduced majority see letter of James Stuart of 19 Aug 1872 in which he quoted from 'a letter in Saturday's 'Times' rejoicing 100 to 150 of Child's falling off in voters to the CD Acts agitation during his election'

Also letter S Fothergill to Mr Wilson 21 Aug 1872

Childers was returned but with a substantially reduced majority. The real value of their opposition was that Childers was so much impressed by their arguments that he never again defended the Acts and subsequently voted for their Repeal

(See entry Rough Record 523, 14-18 Sep 1887 on Anti-Regulation meetings at Darlington, Edinburgh etc.

Childers wrote to the Edinburgh meeting: 'I entirely sympathise with the object of your meeting'

'and now with regard to the Conference' This was the Conference fixed for 29 Aug at Sheffield to set up a League for the Northern Counties

Biog: Mr Frederick Clark, HCE Childers, Dr Hooppell, Rev CE Collingwood, Dr Kitchins of York