Mr Edmondson to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Halifax. Found telegram awaiting him on return from Ackworth. Not till the afternoon that he learned from the papers that Cox had withdrawn the day before. Had a satisfactory talk with their Chairman: he has just raised a good sum for the NA whose coffers were absolutely empty. Asks if they should take advantage of the British Temperance League meeting at Halifax in a fortnight as a time for seed sowing and begging. Mentions a letter from Mrs Butler to Mr Stuart, which he and his wife think would have a wide distribution.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bath election: 27 Jun 1873 - Lord de Wilton elected - Wilton (Con) 2194; Hayter (Lib) 2143; Cox (Rad) withdrew. (Rough Record 250). A deputation from the Bath Branch of the National Association interviewed the candidates to obtain their views on Repeal of the Acts. Replies of neither Conservative nor Liberal satisfactory. (See 'Shield' 28 Jun p 212). The Good Templar resolutions were too late. See letters of HJ Wilson to Edmondson 11 Jun 1873; and Edmondson to HJW 12 Jun 1873. The British Temperance League

'Our Chairman' - Mr Edward Backhouse

Biog: Mr E Backhouse; Mr Henley