Mr Wilson to the Editor [of the Sheffield Independent]

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      GB 106 3JBL/05/29
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      [16 Aug 1872]
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Copy of letter written at the end of the Pontefract Election. Written from [Pontefract]. He thinks the reporter was misled on more than one occasion; but a more serious error was the omission of all reference to a meeting for women only, convened by Mrs Butler, which was broken into by Mr Childers' friends in a violent and disgraceful manner, so that the women were obliged to retreat to the Red Lion Hotel. This was also part of the 'official programme' at Colchester where Sir Henry Storks received his second defeat 'at the hands of the friends of virtue and freedom'. He would be obliged if the Reporter would let him know which of their papers or speeches shocked him. For his part he can only 'rejoice and glory in having had a humble share in the good work done at Pontefract in exposing the shameful legislation which has disgraced a Liberal Government.'

Administrative / Biographical History

[16 Aug 1872]

Date: Mr Wilson writes of the struggle at Pontefract as past. Polling day was the 15 so date of this letter would be just after.

The letter appeared in print in the 'Sheffield Independent' and was also printed in The 'Shield' 24 Aug 1872 p.1054.

'The working men of Britain pledged themselves to Mr Bruce to raise the question at every election'

1 Aug 1872 a deputation of working men from all part of the country waited on Mr Bruce at the Home Office to urge the Repeal of the CD Acts. They were introduced by Mr Morley MP, Mr McLaren MP and Mr Mundella MP

(For full details see the 'Shield' 3 Aug p 1034 and 10 Aug p 1036-39)

Biog: HCE Childers, Jacob Bright, AJ Mundella, Sir Henry Storks, Rev Francis Close, Dean of Carlisle, Rev J H James, President of the Wesleyan Conference, Dr Guthrie