Mr Edmondson to Mr HJ Wilson

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

'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 In that section 40 was withdrawn and section 107 introduced.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