Miss Wolstenholme Mrs Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Congleton. 'What an arrant fool Lord Pollington must be. If he had been worth anything he must have won'. Emphasises that the agitation must be kept alive in Pontefract. She quotes from the 'Independent', which makes Childers say that every soldier and sailor was affected with this disease. She would like to know if this is accurate. Outlines the struggle there will be between the Govt. who wish to pass the first part of Bruce's Bill which 'they hope would educate us up to the proper level of full approval of regulated and licensed prostitution' and those of us who wish to compel 'the introduction of a simple Repeal Bill'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'It is clear we shall have to expose and renounce Bruce's Bill'

Bruce's Bill was introduced into the House 13 Feb 1872 and was withdrawn 15 Jul.

For note on the Bill see letter of JB to Mrs Wilson early Mar 1872

'I hope you in Sheffield will keep Mr Mundella right in this matter of the Government Bill'

A number of JB's friends and supporters were in favour of supporting the 2nd reading of the Bill, among them Mundella, Stansfeld and Jacob Bright. But there was enough opposition to make Gladstone decide to withdraw it

Biog: Lord Pollington, HCE Childers, WE Gladstone, AJ Mundella