[Mr Ferrell] to [Mr Wilson]

Scope and Content

Written from Whitby. Discusses Whitby politics. Present member is not very popular. Review of what pleases Whitby voters. Encloses a list of names 'in the order in which a few of the more advanced Liberals think there would be the greatest chance of success'. Arthur Pease headed the list.

Administrative / Biographical History

'our present member' - This was William Henry Gladstone eldest son of WE Gladstone, and he represented Whitby in Parliament from 1868-1880

'You may perhaps wonder why I put Arthur Pease first'

Arthur was a member of the Pease family of wealthy industrialists and social reformers. He was finally elected a member for Whitby in the 1880 election when WE Gladstone was returned to power

'extreme Alliance views' - This was a Society, called the United Kingdom Alliance, founded in 1853 for the total suppression of the liquor traffic. Sir Wilfred Lawson became closely associated with the UK Alliance and was elected President in 1879

Biog: William Henry Gladstone; Arthur Pease

List of possible candidates to stand at Whitby: Charles Mark Palmer; Henry Stephen Thompson; Isaac Holden; Mr Chamberlain of the Birmingham League; Mr Neville of Scarborough