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Reference code: CHAR 12/3

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Date: Oct 1910 - Dec 1910


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CHAR 12/3/1 Letter from Lewis Harcourt [First Commissioner of Works] (Nuneham Park, Oxford) to WSC about the appointment of a Deputy Chairman of the London [Quarter] Sessions. He is concerned that Alan Lawrie might be appointed to the post rather than Arthur Spokes (Recorder of Reading [Berkshire]) whom he considers better qualified. Signed typescript, annotated by Edward Marsh. 01 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/2 Letter from Alexander Murray, Master of Elibank [later Lord Murray of Elibank] (Midlothian Liberal Association, 95 Princes Street, Edinburgh [Scotland]) to Edward Marsh, asking him to remind WSC that he recommended Lord Ilkeston's son [Balthazar Foster, later 2nd Lord Ilkeston] for the position of magistrate in Birmingham, and Captain Major Sholto Douglas for a position in the Metropolitan Police. Signed manuscript, annotated by Edward Marsh. 03 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/3 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V] (Balmoral Castle) to Sidney Harris asking him to thank WSC on behalf of the King for acting regarding a case of cruelty to a dog at Walton, and for rebuking the Justices. He adds that the King would have been agreeable to the Justices being informed of his intervention. Signed manuscript. 05 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/4 Letter from [Edward Marsh] (Home Office) to WSC reporting that the A[ttorney] G[eneral] [Sir William Robson] had wanted to know why WSC had not included Ryland Adkins among the candidates for Recorder of Bedford. Marsh had explained that WSC intended Adkins to be Recorder of Nottingham as soon as [Henry] Stanger could be persuaded to resign. Adkins subsequently requested a letter from WSC to this effect in order that he might resolve the issue with Stanger, avoid a by election (there being no Tory candidate standing against him) and strengthen his practice [as a barrister]. The letter contains subsequent notes in the hand of WSC that he will consider the issue when he has seen the relevant papers, and that he would like to know the result of Adkins' discussions with Stanger in order to consider the electoral issues. Manuscript signed with initials. 05 Oct 1910 - 15 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/5 Letter from William Waugh (6 Pump Court, Temple [London]) replying to a Home Office official, asking him to thank WSC for the honour [the position of Recordership of Middlesborough] conferred on him by King George V. Signed manuscript. 10 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/6 Letter from Sir William Robson [formerly Attorney General] (26 Eaton Square [London]) to WSC recommending Ryland Adkins for the position of Recorder of Nottingham, on grounds of his experience and character. Signed manuscript. 13 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/7 Letter from Lord Loreburn [earlier Sir Robert Reid, Lord Chancellor] (Kingsdown, Deal [Kent]) to WSC on the subject of liquor reform which he describes as the "very root of all Social Reform", requesting information on the decline in arrests and convictions since the 1909-1910 Budget and increased duty on spirits. Signed manuscript. 14 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/8 Letter from Ryland Adkins (Milton, Northampton) to WSC thanking him for a letter recording his intention to appoint him as [Recorder of] Nottingham [when Henry Stanger resigns], saying that he will make an appointment to see Stanger as soon as possible and will inform WSC of the results. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/3/9. 16 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/9 Letter from Ryland Adkins (Milton, Northampton) to Edward Marsh thanking him for his letter sent with a letter from WSC, saying that he will make an appointment to see Stanger as soon as possible and will inform WSC of the results. Adkins assures Marsh that [WSC's] letter will only be shown to those from whom he is seeking advice on how to approach Stanger. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/3/8. 16 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/10 Letter from Charles Mallett [Financial Secretary, War Office] to [WSC] answering a note from [WSC] on behalf of Richard Haldane [Secretary of State for War] concerning the Aerial Navigation Bill, offering to give any assistance [WSC] requires. Signed manuscript, annotated "thanked". 21 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/11-12 Copy of a letter from [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] concerning the appointment of a Labour Advisor to the Home Office, who is likely to be a Member of Parliament, requesting his interpretation of the relevant statute on whether the Member would be disqualified from sitting in Parliament from the time he accepts the position, or from the time he takes up the post. [Sir Edward's] opinion is that the Member would only be disqualified from the time he took up the position. Unsigned typescript, annotated with handwritten corrections. See CHAR 12/2/13. 22 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/13 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading], on the notepaper of the Attorney General, to Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] concerning the appointment of a Member of Parliament as Labour Advisor to the Home Office, citing the cases relevant to the statute which indicate that the Member would be disqualified from sitting in Parliament from the time he accepted the position. Signed typescript annotated with handwritten corrections and a note from Edward Marsh to Sir Edward Troup saying that he has written to discover whether the announcement of the appointment would have the same effect. See CHAR 12/2/11 and CHAR 12/2/12. 22 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/14 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to David Shackleton marked "secret" saying that he has seen the C[hancellor] of [the] E[xchequer] and can now offer him the position [of Labour Advisor to the Home Office] and is keen that the appointment should be made public. Manuscript signed with initials. 22 Oct [1910]
CHAR 12/3/15 Letter from Jesse Collings (Exmouth, Devon) to WSC thanking him for a letter concerning the sentence of Maud Nankwell and saying that he is sorry that WSC consulted the Salvation Army over the matter as their "hideous theology" prevents them from appreciating the good side of human nature; that the magistrates should have considered the case "in the spirit of modern treatment" and in relation only to the crimes with which Maud Nankwell was charged. Signed manuscript. 23 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/16 Letter from David Shackleton (55, Belgrave Road, Darwen [Lancashire]) to WSC thanking him for appointing him [as Labour Advisor to the Home Office] and suggesting a date for a meeting. Signed manuscript annotated by WSC and Edward Marsh. 23 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/17 Letter from Richard Haldane [Secretary of State for War] (28, Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster [London]) to WSC expressing his agreement with WSC's plans for prison reform and treatment of tramps (with special provision for those who may be converted into "industrious citizens") and saying that these measures might be well-suited to the 1911 Parliamentary session. Signed manuscript annotated "public". 23 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/18 Letter from Sir John Simon (57 Kensington Court [London]) to WSC concerning the case of Percy Macdonald ("Peter Pan") who had been sentenced to six months imprisonment for assault. He asks WSC to examine the case as many of his constituents in Walthamstow [London] sympathise with Macdonald's efforts to collect money for a charitable cause, despite his open air meetings "in criticism of the Salvation Army", and to consider whether the prisoner has already served a sufficient sentence. Signed manuscript. 24 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/19 Letter from Horatio Bottomley (John Bull Editorial Offices, 67 Long Acre, London) to WSC concerning an enquiry instituted by Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] into allegations by the John Bull newspaper concerning Akbar Reformatory. He requests that his Assistant Editor should be present at the enquiry and asks whether the implements of torture which were referred to in the article should be sent to WSC or produced at the enquiry. Signed typescript. 24 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/20 Letter from Joseph Pease [later Lord Gainford] (Crown Hotel, Rotherham [Yorkshire]), on the notepaper of the Duchy of Lancaster, to WSC concerning addresses he is to make to miners in his constituency. He wishes to know whether he may say that the Government is considering appointing additional [Mines] Inspectors; requests a summary of recent fatal and non-fatal mining accidents; and asks whether there is any truth in the statement that the position of bodies found at Whitehaven [Cumberland] indicated that they were alive when they were walled up. Signed manuscript. 25 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/21 Copy of a letter from [WSC] (Home Office) to Horatio Bottomley concerning an enquiry into the Akbar Reformatory [School]. As the enquiry is administrative there will be no power to take evidence on oath, and [WSC] therefore says that public attendance would not be "advantageous" although there will be opportunity for evidence to be given, which, together with a report by Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office], will be presented to Parliament if necessary. Unsigned manuscript. 26 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/22 Letter from Horatio Bottomley (John Bull Editorial Offices, 67 Long Acre, London) to WSC concerning an enquiry [into Akbar Reformatory]. Bottomley asks whether WSC will be able to supply him with any information about the enquiry, or whether he may take it that WSC will not announce the result "except in response to interrogation by the House?" Signed typescript. 27 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/23 Letter from David Shackleton (55 Belgrave Road, Darwen [Lancashire]) to WSC saying that it had been agreed that [his] appointment [as Labour Advisor to the Home Office] should not be made public until November 12 and that the date he starts work will depend on the Law Office's reply "on the legal point". He also reports that workers from the United Textile Factory would like an interview with WSC concerning matters affecting Operatives in the Cotton Trade and suggests that late November or early December might be suitable. Signed manuscript annotated by Edward Marsh "What answer to this?" and by WSC "Should rather wait till the Shop Hours pressure is over. Say Dec". 28 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/24 Letter from Sir Edward Russell (The Daily Post and Mercury, Victoria Street, Liverpool) to WSC enclosing an article from the [Liverpool] Daily Post and Mercury [see CHAR 12/3/25] concerning the position of Stipendiary Magistrate in Liverpool. Sir Edward agrees with a letter written by WSC and argues that the salary for this post should be raised so as to avoid the conduct of the postholder being a matter of discussion by the [City] Council; that Alderman Salvidge acted "by a desire to make a good stroke for the municipal ward elections"; and urges action from the Home Office "to queer them in this instance". Signed manuscript annotated "dictated". 30 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/25 Page from the Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury containing an article entitled "An Alderman Gone Wrong" which discusses Alderman Salvidge's actions regarding the post of Stipendiary Magistrate in Liverpool, alleging that he was motivated by the fear that the position might be filled by a Liberal, despite the fact that the present Liberal Government has not been influenced by nepotism in making appointments. Covering letter at CHAR 12/3/24. 29 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/3/26-29 Memorandum concerning the Akbar School Enquiry prepared for [Horatio] Bottomley [by the Assistant Editor of the John Bull newspaper] in which he includes the following points: the reliability of evidence given by Mr Adam (one of the witnesses); names of further witnesses; pleas that he [the Assistant Editor] should be present at the enquiry and that the Superintendent [of the school] and Lovelock should be suspended pending the result of the enquiry, as neither man should be in a position to "vent his passion on these unhappy lads". Typescript with handwritten corrections. Covering letter at CHAR 12/3/30. 01 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/30 Letter from Horatio Bottomley (John Bull Editorial Offices, 67 Long Acre, London) to WSC enclosing a memorandum concerning the Akbar School Enquiry prepared by the Assistant Editor of the John Bull newspaper [see CHAR 12/3/26-29] and requesting an appointment with WSC to discuss this and another Home Office matter. Signed manuscript. 02 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/31 Letter from Horatio Bottomley (56a, Pall Mall, London) to WSC marked "personal" in which he says that WSC's unsigned letter hurt him greatly; that he regarded their conversation [concerning the Akbar School enquiry] as private "so far as either the Press or the House was concerned" but that he did not think that WSC would object to him mentioning the matter to his Assistant Editor; and apologising for any mistake he has committed and for not calling on WSC in person. Signed manuscript. 03 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/32 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to Horatio Bottomley saying that he regarded their conversation [concerning the Akbar School enquiry] as private and therefore did not expect to receive a statement from Bottomley's Assistant Editor [see CHAR 12/3/26-29]. He adds that Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] will be glad to receive a representation from their Commissioner and the names of witnesses who should be called. Signed manuscript. 02 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/33 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] to WSC replying to a question raised by Edward Marsh [concerning the appointment of David Shackleton as Labour Advisor to the Home Office] advising that [Shackleton's Parliamentary] seat would not be vacated if WSC announced that he intended to create an office and to offer it to "S" when created and that he hoped that "S" would accept it. Signed typescript. 08 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/34-35 Note from [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office] replying to points raised by Edward Pickersgill in a letter to the editor of the Times, dated 4 November. A cutting of the letter is pasted to [Sir Edward's] note and concerns a statement by WSC to the Justices for East Langbaurgh [Yorkshire] that the Crown had been advised on the exercise of the prerogative of mercy by Lord Crewe [earlier Lord Houghton, also Robert Milnes]. Mr Pickersgill argues that although Principal Secretaries of State may discharge one another's duties, the exercise of clemency is an exception and lies with the Home Secretary alone. 04 Nov 1910 - 08 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/36 Letter from Horatio Bottomley (John Bull Editorial Offices, 67 Long Acre, London) to Edward Marsh assuring him that nothing WSC said about Mr Adam [one of the witnesses in the Akbar School enquiry] would be repeated to Mr Adam. He adds that WSC lacks "that most essential qualification of a minister of the Crown - pachydermity!" and that he had not read the memorandum prepared by his Assistant Editor [see CHAR 12/3/26-29]. Signed manuscript with handwritten additions and a note on dorse initialled by WSC "Say - Pachydermity is no substitute for prudence". 05 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/37 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] to WSC marked "private" concerning a letter he has received from W P Byrne about the Lord Chamberlain's disallowance of the play "Pains and Penalties" by Lawrence [?] Thurman. He draws WSC's attention to the letter which will be sent to [?] Thurman explaining the reason for the decision, as the letter will be published, and says that he admits he is already "taking too strong a view about it". Signed manuscript. 11 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/38 Letter from T S Dennison, vicar of St Stephen's (St Stephen's Vicarage, Birmingham) to WSC disputing statements made in WSC's manifesto, as reported in the Daily Chronicle, that the Church in Wales was "imposed upon them from without" and that "they are all made to pay for the Church" through the payment of tithe. Signed manuscript. 15 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/39 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to T S Dennison [vicar of St Stephen's, Birmingham] supporting previous statements made about the Welsh Church [see CHAR 12/3/38]: the [Welsh Church] was described as "imposed on them from without" because the veto of the House of Lords is used to over-rule the unanimous wish of the Welsh members; and the financial support given to "a single Church representing a small minority" was originally intended for the whole people. Signed typescript annotated with a note that the addressee had commented on a passage of a letter from WSC to Sir George Ritchie. 16 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/40 Letter from Thomas Richards (South Wales Mining Federation, Royal Chambers, Cardiff [Wales]) to WSC enclosing a cutting from the South Wales Daily News [see CHAR 12/2/41] and asking for assistance in discovering how it was announced that he had accepted the post [of Labour Advisor to the Home Office]. He expresses concern that the rumour might prejudice the workmen against him in the forthcoming general election. Signed manuscript annotated by Edward Marsh (22 November). 21 Nov 1910 - 22 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/41 Newspaper cutting from the South Wales Daily News reporting that Thomas Richards has accepted the post of Labour Advisor to the Home Office and speculating on the effects this will have in the forthcoming general election. Annotated with a note to Edward Marsh. Covering letter at CHAR 12/3/40. 23 Nov [1910]
CHAR 12/3/42 Copy of a letter from a Home Office official to Thomas Richards reporting that WSC has made enquiries but has been unable to trace the source of the rumour [that Mr Richards had accepted the post of Labour Advisor to the Home Office]. Unsigned typescript. 26 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/43 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to Sir Edward Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] saying that his wishes, conveyed to Sir Edward on Wednesday evening [16 November 1910] and repeated on Friday morning [18 November 1910], that the suffragettes were "not to be allowed to exhaust themselves but were to be arrested forthwith upon any defiance of the law" were ignored by the Police, resulting in "regrettable scenes" [on Friday 18 November 1910]. WSC asks that this policy be strictly observed in future. Manuscript in the hand of Edward Marsh, initialled "WSC" and annotated "copy". Filed after CHAR 12/3/44. 22 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/44 Copy of a letter from [a Home Office official] to Lloyd Morgan asking him to vacate the position of Recorder of Swansea [Glamorgan, Wales] before the end of the month, in view of his imminent appointment as County Court Judge, to avoid any Liberal Member of Parliament appointed having to fight a by election after the general election. Unsigned typescript. Filed before CHAR 12/3/43. 22 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/44A Letter from Herbert Asquith (10 Downing Street) to WSC in which he advises that legal action should be taken over the assault on [Augustine] Birrell [by suffragettes on 22 November 1910] and over all cases of serious assault on the police. Manuscript signed with initials. 23 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/3/45-46 Letter from Sir Charles Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] to WSC concerning the report of the suffragette meeting [28 November 1910] in the Daily Telegraph. He advises that criminal proceedings should not be instituted against Mrs Pethick Lawrence for the language used in her speech because the three courses leading to prosecution (indictment, summons, or the exhibition of articles of the peace) are undesirable. He adds that an application for bail by [Hugh] Franklin has been refused [Franklin was imprisoned for attacking WSC on 26 November 1910]. Signed typescript. 01 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/47 Letter from Lord Loreburn [earlier Sir Robert Reid, Lord Chancellor] (8 Eaton Square [London]) to WSC. Lord Loreburn has received a letter from [Henry] Stanger who had declined to resign as Recorder [of Nottingham] when made County Court Judge, as he intended to hold the positions simultaneously for a year, and had been offered o100 to resign by Sir Ryland Adkins. Lord Loreburn's opinion is that it would have been "proper" for Stanger to resign to spare his successor a by election and that the offer of o100 should not have been made. When Lloyd Morgan was made a County Court Judge, he would have been told that he would have to resign his Recordership [of Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales] within a year, and Lord Loreburn had tried unsuccessfully to see him to persuade him to resign to avoid a by election. He describes Lloyd Morgan's actions as "very unfortunate". Signed manuscript. 05 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/48 Letter from Sir John Simon, on the notepaper of the Solicitor General, to WSC returning a cutting sent to him by Edward Marsh, advising him not to take legal action [against the article by Hugh Franklin, see CHAR 12/3/49] as [Franklin] had been sentenced for assault [on WSC], adding "The violence and hysteria of these people prevent what they say having any importance" and that he is sure that WSC has reached the same conclusion. In the post-script, he asks WSC to act as mediator between himself and F E [Smith, later Lord Birkenhead] in a "nasty personal controversy". Signed manuscript, annotated by WSC. 14 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/49 Newspaper cutting from "Votes for Women" of an article entitled "Why I struck at Mr Churchill" by Hugh Franklin. [Franklin was sentenced for assaulting WSC on 26 November 1910] and alleges various reasons for his attack: WSC's orders to the police which resulted in physical violence against the suffragettes; his insults and slander; and the rough treatment given to those who speak about women's suffrage at Liberal meetings. See CHAR 12/3/48. 09 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/50 Letter from David Shackleton [Labour Advisor to the Home Office] (55 Belgrave Road, Darwen [Lancashire]) to WSC concerning the colliery disaster [at the Pretoria Pit, near Bolton, Lancashire]. He says that searches in the mine have confirmed WSC's fears; that [Richard] Redmayne [Chief Inspector of Mines] will inform WSC about the state of the mine; that he is pleased that the members of a Consultative Committee (including the District Mine Inspector and Mining Officials) are working together; and that he will attend the inquest. Signed manuscript. 22 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/51 Telegram from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] (Cranleigh, Surrey) to WSC reporting that he has received assurances "that what we wish can and will be done" and saying that he will telephone WSC on the following day. Manuscript with "Mylius" written on dorse. [Dec] [1910]
CHAR 12/3/52 Letter from Sir Edward Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] (New Scotland Yard) to WSC informing him of the arrest [of Edward Mylius] which was made on the warrant of a Judge. He explains that he did not follow WSC's order to use a Magistrate's warrant, in order to avoid the case being heard in a police court, as the Attorney General had advised that this would have been embarrassing. He describes another arrest in which a Constable demonstrated bravery by catching an armed man. Signed manuscript, annotated "Pat [?] Oxwery". 26 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/53-54 Letter from Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to WSC saying that the Shops and Coal Mines Bills will be ready for the next Parliamentary session, but the Abatement of Imprisonment Bill poses difficulties due to the likely opposition to proposed restrictions on Magistrates' powers. Troup recommends that Mr Sanders, a supporter of the abolition of short sentences, should be involved to appease Magistrates and Justice's Clerks. Troup expresses concern at the development of the [Edward] Mylius case [Mylius was prosecuted for criminal libel on King George V] as [Sir Charles] Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] had informed him that the case had been brought before a Judge in Chambers, not heard in an open court, and he fears that this secrecy may be unpopular with the public. Signed manuscript. 29 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/3/55 Copy of a letter from WSC (Home Office) to an un-named addressee concerning the naval estimates, which are described as extraordinarily high but mainly attributable to exceptional circumstances. WSC argues that the estimates should not delay the establishment of a general system of National Insurance against unemployment, sickness and invalidity; nor the implementation of provisions for widows and orphans; and should not "disturb with fresh taxation the great social and financial settlement which the Budget has achieved". Unsigned manuscript. c 1910
CHAR 12/3/56 Letter from Major-General Cecil Macready [Director of Personal Services, War Office] to WSC reporting that a staff officer has gone to Chatham [Kent] to make the arrangements suggested by WSC, and promising to inform him when they have been completed. Signed manuscript dated "Monday". c 1910
CHAR 12/3/57-59 Memorandum from Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to [WSC] concerning "Autumn work" in reply to a minute [from WSC]. Masterman draws attention to the problems of working on Departmental business from the 24 September, as the relevant officials are overworked and have already postponed their holidays. The Shops Bill will be complicated by the absence of [Malcolm] Delevigne: the Mines Bill by its intrinsic complexity and the absence of Delevigne and Liddell. Major work on the Prisons Bill will have to be done after 15 October, as [Sir Evelyn] Ruggles-Brise [Chairman of the Prison Commission] is also away. He recommends that the [Home Office] officials should not be worked too hard. Typescript with handwritten corrections, annotated by WSC "noted". [1910]
CHAR 12/3/60 Note from "C" [Lord Crewe, earlier Lord Houghton, also Robert Milnes, Secretary of State for the Colonies], on the notepaper of the First Lord of the Treasury, to [WSC] in response to WSC's request for particulars of two Natal men, saying that he does not think he can do anything at the Colonial Office. [1910]
CHAR 12/3/61 Sample form for the taking of fingerprints, including fingerprint marks. c 1910
CHAR 12/3/62-64 Transcript of a letter from Alex Ballantine, a member of the Men's Political Union for Women's Enfranchisement, to WSC threatening to "chastise" WSC for his "atrocious treatment" of Alfred Abbey and for his answer to the charge against [the Home Office] made by the Conciliation Committee for Women's Suffrage. He says that he would have joined Hugh Franklin [who assaulted WSC] if he had known of WSC's orders to the police which resulted in "torture...unnecessary violence...and indecency" [on 18 November 1910] and caused the deaths of two women. He calls WSC a hypocrite and a traitor to women's suffrage and "The best friend of the Tonypandy Strikers", accuses him of "tampering with justice" in charging Abbey with serious violence, and threatens to wait for WSC "with a dog whip". Typescript on Home Office notepaper with notes that the original letter was sent to Scotland Yard and was postmarked Edinburgh. c 1910
CHAR 12/3/65 Note from [Sidney Harris, Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to [WSC] saying that the writer of a note which was sent by [? Lord] Gladstone is a Probation Officer for the Metropolitan Police Constabulary and offers to help with a scheme for children's clothing. Manuscript signed with initials. c 1910
CHAR 12/3/66 Note from [WSC] to Dr Nolan making various observations on the position of Coroner including the following points: the legal, rather than the medical, qualification of a Coroner is the most important; the Home Office should be able to approve or veto the appointment of a Coroner by a local authority; there should be an enquiry when a Coroner orders a post-mortem; and the enquiry should not progress beyond the point at which the public is satisfied that there has been "foul play". Manuscript on an envelope in the hand of WSC. c 1910