Rev George Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Original letter and photocopy. Written from Liverpool. Tells him of a meeting held in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester two years ago for the Repeal of the Acts. It was a success as far as numbers and speeches went but got no publicity and so was to a great extent wasted. He therefore would be against having another now. His view is that the Repeal has been taken up too much as a political and too little as a moral and religious question. The advocacy of Miss Becker and other supporters of the Women's Suffrage movement has prejudiced quiet people against the movement in Manchester.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Mr Fowler has declared his intention of moving for Repeal at once i.e. immediately after Parliament meets'

Starting in May 1870 Mr Fowler made several attempts to introduce a private members Bill to repeal the Acts. His last attempt was 21 May 1873 with the result 128 for, 251 against

Biog: Mr Jacob Bright; Mr Baxter Langley; Mr Fowler

Rev Heritage; Mr Raper; Miss L Becker; Mr Herford