Mr Mundella to Mr Wilson

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Written from 7 Stanhope Gardens, London SW. Is very doubtful whether the Home Office Bill will ever come on; no modification will ever be listened to; Repeal is the only course 'and this I am prepared to do on any every possible occasion', but a private member has not a chance.' Ends on a despondent note about the House of Commons; 'It is full of soldiers and sailors and others who regard the Contagious Diseases as models of good legislation. The battle must be fought in the country'. Speaks of religious education in the schools.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I am very doubtful whether the Home Office Bill will ever come on.'

This was introduced 13 Feb 1872 and withdrawn 15 Jul 1872. (See note 19 Apr 1872)

'On the 2nd of Jul Mr Fowler's motion will come before the House.'

Fowler made several other attempts unavailingly. Finally it was introduced in 1873 and Stansfeld voted in its support. (See note in letter of 19 Apr 1872 for W Fowler on Bruce's and Fowler's Bills)

'Education' 'I hope the 21st clause will be got rid of.'

Biog: Mundella; William Fowler