Edward Backhouse to Henry Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Sunderland. States that he had received his statement to the Executive about the Petitions (see letter dated 1 Jul). He congratulates him on the results of his work. Thinks the pro-Act party must see the agitation for Repeal will continue. Also two suggested circulars addressed to Mr Cardwell.

Administrative / Biographical History

'a Celibate Army'

It was the policy of the Army to discourage the enlisted soldier in the Regular Army from marriage. There was virtually no marriage allowance or any provision for married quarters and it was impossible for a soldier to keep a wife on his pay. The Mutiny Act had to be passed every year up till 1881. Dealt among other things with liability of the soldier for the maintenance of his wife and children or any bastard children. See note letter of JB to HJ Wilson 23 Aug 1872

Biog: Mr Cardwell