Photocopy of extracts from private letter 'may be read by Friends of the Cause but not printed' photocopy not in JB's hand.
Written from 280 South Hill Park Road, Liverpool.
JB explains that those who abstained from voting were for the most part 'the moral and religious part of the Constituency' [i.e. the Nonconformists bodies who would in the ordinary way have voted for Sir Henry Storks as the Liberal]. The women were determined to prevent Storks from representing their town 'the first election in our day in which woman's influence has been powerful'. She herself addressed 200 women in a Hall with the mob shouting outside, but she got away by a back door without being molested. She thought that one result of this election was that 'The Home Office is hurrying on the Royal Commission [to look into the working of the CD Acts. It met on l Dec 1870 with an earnestness it has not hitherto evinced.'