Rev. George Butler to [Mr Wilson]

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. He has read with interest the summary of AJ Whitehead's work in Wigtownshire. Expresses concern at the news of brother's illness and possible resignation of Mr W. from secretaryship of NA League [see letter of 10 Feb from HJ Wilson to JB]. Thinks Mr Fowler MP 'too lukewarm and vaccilating to carry a measure for Repeal' but they will have to wait and see the result of the second reading.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The interview, which you and Mr Edmondson had in the House of Commons with Mr Fowler'. The interview was arranged by Mrs Malleson (who was living at Wimbledon Common and was Chair of the local Committee). She felt that Mr Fowler needed some outside stimulus from a northern branch. (See letters of 28 Jan 1873 and 11 Feb 1873 to Mr HJ Wilson)

(Also letter from Mr Edmondson to HJ Wilson 10 Feb 1873)

'We must wait to see the result of the 2nd reading'

The result of the 2nd Reading Fowler's Repeal Bill was 128 for, 251 against, majority against 123, 21 May 1873

In the election of 1874 Mr Fowler was defeated

Biog: Mr AF Whitehead (Agent); Mr Edmondson; Mr Fowler