Written from Halifax. He asks for news of Mrs Butler. He analyses the divisions' list for the voting on the Mutiny Bill brought up in the House on 1 Apr 1873 and passed [see note]. He thinks 'the Repealers have split the Government...and a repetition of the policy of Bruce's Bill...is impossible to them.' [see note] He is now beginning to think about their new Manifesto, but must first read the full report of the debate.
Mr Edmondson to Mr HJ Wilson
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'The division list is very encouraging'
This refers to the Mutiny Bill of 1873 passed in the House on 1 Apr 1873. In that section 40 was withdrawn and section 107 introduced. (For a note on the Mutiny Act (renewed at that time every year) see note letter of JB to HJ Wilson 23 Aug 1872)
'The Repealers have split the Govt and a repetition of the policy of Bruce's Bill in an open and straight forward way is impossible'. See a note on 'Bruce's Bill' in letter of JB to Mrs Wilson early Mar 1872. HA Bruce was Home Secretary 1869-1873
Biog: WE Forster; Lord Frederick Cavendish; Jacob Bright; Gladstone; Childers; HA Bruce; William Henry Gladstone