Frederick Clark to Henry Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Newcastle on Tyne. Votes that next Annual Meeting should be held in Sheffield. Refers to notice in newspaper of Captain Pim's intention to introduce a Bill next session for the medical examination of merchant sailors. Does not agree with Wilson's views on working men's associations. Asks how he got on at Hartlepool.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Capt Pim gave notice of his intention to introduce a Bill next session for the medical examination of merchant sailors'

See note on Mercantile Marine Hospital Service Bill

Letter of JB to HJ Wilson 27 Mar 1875. Also letters of 3 and 5 Apr 1875

'I am surprised at the view you take about working men's associations'

The Repeal Societies were divided on this question. JB had favoured them from the beginning because they were spontaneous growths of far more value to the movement than if they were directed from above. (See note to letter from JB to Mr Rendall 31 Dec [1873] on 'Vox Popule' 1871 with further references to letters dealing with the subject)

At the Conference in London 29 Jul opinion was divided though a Resolution welcoming the establishment of the Working Men's National League was passed. HJ Wilson was against it but refrained from voting. (See his Report sent to his Executive 3 Aug 1875)

'How did you get on at Hartlepool?'

See note on this in letter from JB to HJ Wilson 25 Jul 1875. Also letters of 21, 22 and 26 Jul 1875

Biog: Frederick Clark; Capt Pim; Mr Isaac Lowthian Bell; Major Duncan (Conservative candidate at Hartlepool)