Banks (Secretary of National Association) to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Telegram. Sent from London. To say: 'Bruce receives deputation of working men at Home Office...we count upon representatives from Sheffield'

Administrative / Biographical History

29 Jul and 30 Jul 1872

'Bruce receives deputation of working men at Home Office.' - An account of this is given in the 'Shield' for 10 Aug 1872 (p.1036-9) which may be summarised as follows: 'On Thursday 1 Aug 1872 a deputation of representative working men from all parts of the kingdom waited upon Mr Bruce with the double object of urging upon him the Repeal of the CD Acts and of giving him some idea of the state of feeling existing throughout the country.' - They were introduced by Mr Morley MP, Mr McLaren MP and Mr Mundella MP. Mr Bruce explained the difficulties of the Govt. but said that in spite of the fact that a majority of the Cabinet personally approved of the Acts. The Govt were determined to bring in a measure of Repeal.