Mr Mundella (headed paper Reform Club) to [Mr Wilson]

Scope and Content

Written from The Reform Club. He agrees that the Sheffield Petition should be presented as soon as possible and immediately the House reassembles he will do it. Not surprised at what Parkington is doing: 'probably a majority of men in the House are violently prejudiced in favour of the Acts and nine tenths of them will neither read nor hear arguments against them. 'The Infant Life Protection Bill [Mrs Wilson got up a petition against this Bill. See letter of Apr 1872 JB to Mr Wilson] is undergoing great changes...I wait for either Fowler's motion of Bruce's Bill, when I shall free my conscience.'

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Sheffield Petition should be presented as soon as possible' Mr Mundella was MP for Sheffield 1868-1885 and it therefore fell to him to present the Petition to the House. Wilson was a native of Sheffield and was responsible for starting the Northern Counties League for Repeal in 1871. He began collecting signatures for Repeal Petitions in 1870. As MP he stood for the Holmfirth Div of Yorkshire 1885-1912

'The Infant Life Protection Bill is undergoing great changes' - In 1871 a Select Committee was appointed to enquire into the farming out of infants. The practical result of this was the Act of 1872 which provided for the compulsory registration of all Houses in which more than 1 child under the age of 1 year were received for a longer period than 24 hours

'I wait for either Fowler's motion or Bruce's Bill' - Bruce's Bill was introduced Feb 13 1872 and Fowlers in 1873. (see note in letter of 19 Apr 1872 from William Fowler on Bruce's and Fowler's Bills)

Biog: Mr Mundella MP; HJ Wilson; Sir John Pakington