Mr Stansfeld to M de Lavelaye

Scope and Content

As he found it impossible to attend the Congress he was writing about the present position of the question in England and the course which he proposed to take in the next session of Parliament with regard to it. Emphasised the great victory won by passing of the Resolution against the compulsory examination of women on 20 Apr. Their aim now must be to secure the introduction of a Bill on the first day of the next session. Such a Bill has already been drawn up by the Government and laid upon the table of the House and all efforts will be made to get it passed. With the exception of clause 5 this is more than most of them expected. Clause 5 deals with the setting up of special districts and is against the principles of the Resolution passed on 20 Apr.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rotherfield, Sussex. 'Victory of the 20 Apr.' When J. Stansfeld passed the Resolution through the House abolishing the compulsory examination of women. 'all this [the description of the Repeal Bill he envisages] is without reference to one exceptional clause, the fifth which is flagrantly inconsistent with the resolution of 20 Apr.' See Note on this, letter of JB to Mrs Hinde Smith, 20 Aug 1883. 'Next session may, not improbably be the last of this Parliament.' The Parliament of which he was speaking had been elected in Apr 1880 and lasted till 1885. In Jun 1885 the Conservatives were returned and Lord Salisbury's first Cabinet was formed. Biog: James Stansfeld; M Emile de Laveleye (President of the Congress at the Hague).