Mr AJ Mundella to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Nottingham. He is sorry to disappoint but has already undertaken as much work as he can do up to the meeting of Parliament. He does not feel he can undertake work on this subject outside the House and that he is stronger on the question in the House if he refrains from outside agitation. Discusses the behaviour of the House and the best policy to follow in the future. He was sorry to see Mrs Butler's article headed 'Wolves in sheep's clothing'. Some of our staunchest friends were once on the side of the Acts. 'Don't assume that the Commission's Report is against us. On the contrary it saps the foundations of the Acts and judiciously handled will destroy them'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Report of the Commission' - The Report of the Royal Commission on the working of the CD Acts set up Dec 1870, ended its sittings 13 May 1871. Report published 7 Jul 1871

'Cardwell's new Military Centres' - See note in circular letter from JB to Repealers of the CD Acts 12 Mar 1872

'I was very grieved to see Mrs Butler's article headed 'Wolves in sheep's clothing' - This was the heading of a letter from JB published in the 'Shield' (9 Nov 1872 p 1144). The subject of the letter was the quoting of scripture by the promoters of the Acts

Biog: AJ Mundella MP; Peter Rylands MP; William Fowler MP; FD Maurice; Charles Buxton; Cowper Temple; Sir W Jones; Dr Bridges; Dr Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury; J Dawson