Rosa Hobhouse to Katie Gliddon

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Manuscript letter written from 36 Enfield Buildings, London. Relating to conscription during the First World War.

Transcript: 'Dearest Katherine, it was good of you writing because you knew what would be going on in my mind over this conscription business - when all the subtractions under the exemption clauses embodied in the bill are made, it will be a mere handful that they will get through it, which practically proves an ulterior motive, or, if not, that, a wasteful stupidity - wasteful of energy and more than wasteful of liberty. We have had some good meetings in which expression on the situation as a whole was also possible, on Tower Hill and in Hyde Park and Victoria Park. Personally I am against the whole thing root and branch, and only wish in many ways there had been no conscientious clauses, though they knew very well they would have multiplied their difficulties in administration a hundredfold without. We are having a specially called Yearly Meeting on it which starts tomorrow. Stephen [her husband, Stephen Hobhouse] is having supper with his mother tonight so I am by my fire alone. I have just started a Branch here of the Women's Labour League with a start of 16 members. Let me know how you are faring, with love from Rosa. I have had Stephen ill with influenza but he is better again now. Let me know when you feel like coming this way.'