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CHAR 2/15/1 Letter from E.D. Crane to WSC, details of dinner of Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce [Staffordshire]. 11 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/2 Letter from John Dickson-Poynder [later 1st Lord Islington] to WSC, dinner invitation. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/3-4 Letter from General Homer Lea (Chinese Army) to WSC, on the Chinese Reform Party, enclosing letter of introduction from Sir Bryan Leighton. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/5 Letter from 2nd Lord Tweedmouth [earlier Edward Marjoribanks] to WSC, confirming that Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and Herbert Gladstone [later 1st Lord Gladstone] had been authorised to consult with Unionist Free Traders about seats, "and possible conditions of an understanding". 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/6 Letter from Austin Taylor MP to WSC, on visit to Liverpool, recommending the Adelphi Hotel, Lime Street, congratulations on speech at Chelsea, giving his opinion that a coalition was inevitable. 06 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/7 Letter from Herbert Vivian to WSC, on his by-election campaign in Deptford, asking if he could describe himself as a "follower of Mr Winston Churchill". 06 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/8-9 Letter from The 8th Duke of Devonshire to WSC, on possibility of attending meetings with 5th Lord Rosebery and other Liberals, his decision to resign as President of the Liberal Unionists, and the forthcoming Norwich By- Election, advising WSC not to intervene. 06 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/10 Letter from Lord Goschen to WSC, on invitations to speak in Wales on tariff reform. 07 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/11 Letter from 5th Lord Rosebery to WSC, looking forward to reading his "diatribe to Oldham". 08 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/12-14 Letter from Gerald H.A. Sington to WSC, sympathising with his views on fiscal policy, and his difficulties with his constituency party in Oldham [Lancashire]. 08 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/15 Letter from 2nd Lord Dudley to WSC, offering "bed and free food" during visit to Dublin [Ireland], regretting that they held differing views on free trade, though agreeing that he was right to "fight it through to the end". 09 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/16-18 Letter from F.W. Soutter to WSC, on his MP, Henry Cust's decision to abandon the free trade cause, and to support Joseph Chamberlain's protected tariffs. 09 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/19 Letter from T.H. Bryant to WSC, support for courage over stand on free trade. 09 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/20 Letter from Lord Pethick-Lawrence to WSC, sending copy of article on the taxation of foreign investments, [not preserved] asking for WSC's comments. 11 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/21 Letter from R.L. Lewis to WSC, attacking the "unrestrained ambition" of Joseph Chamberlain. 10 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/22-24 Letter from D. Martin, Gravesend and Northfleet [Essex] Liberal Association, to WSC, asking him to address meeting in the constituency. 02 Feb 1904
CHAR 2/15/25-26 Letter from Herbert Vivian to WSC, report on his By- Election campaign in Deptford, sending copy of election address for WSC's comments. 11 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/27-28 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, support for campaign against protective tariffs, suggesting systematic attack on tariff reform lecturers "an ignorant, unscrupulous set of mercenaries". 11 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/29-30 Letter from P.J. O'Regan, Member New Zealand General Assembly, to WSC, support for free trade campaign, listing probable effects of Chamberlain's reforms on N.Z. trade, enclosing cutting from the Wellington Evening News, 20 Oct 1902, with account of election meeting. 12 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/31 Letter from A. Montagnier to WSC, describing himself as the "doyen of French journalists in England", asking for interview on the fiscal question [annotated by WSC "I will endeavour to oblige him when Parlt is sitting"]. 12 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/32 Letter from Lord George Hamilton to WSC, regretting that he was unable to speak at meeting in Cardiff [Wales], explaining that while he would do what he could to help Conservative Free Traders, he was not willing to have any links with the Liberal Party. 14 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/33 Letter from J. Hartmann Morgan to WSC, willingness to accept invitation to research specific points in the fiscal controversy, at a fee of £2 2s a day. 12 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/34 Letter from John Burns to WSC, regrets that he was unable to chair meeting for Burns in Bermondsey, because of his friendship with the sitting Conservative MP, Henry Cust, expressing admiration for WSC's fine stand over free trade. 12 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/35-36 Letter from J.B.K. Hill, Ulster Free Trade Union, to WSC, on his forthcoming meeting in Belfast, assessing the mood of the City, which was mainly Conservative and overwhelmingly in favour of Chamberlain's scheme for tariff reform. 13 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/37 Letter from Sir Francis Mowatt to WSC, congratulations on campaign over free trade, hoping to get notes on Ireland to him by the following week. 13 Jan [1904]
CHAR 2/15/38-42 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC, regretting that he was unable to join WSC for meeting in Aberdeen [Scotland], as he did not wish to offend orthodox Conservatives by appearing on a platform with WSC two days before the opening of the Parliamentary Session, because of WSC's open support for the Liberals, also commenting on negotiations with the Liberals, and on David Lloyd-George's "pernicious" views on land. 13 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/43 Letter from John Dumville. P.S. to the 8th Duke of Devonshire, to WSC, thanks for sending the Duke press cuttings on free trade, commenting that the free trade position was growing stronger every day. 13 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/44 Letter from John W. Gulland to WSC, on his address to the Young Scots Society on 1 Feb, inviting him to stay during visit to Edinburgh [annotated by WSC "Keep, Ans'd by me. No.]. 14 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/45 Letter from Sir Horace Plunkett to WSC, on WSC's forthcoming visit to Dublin, regretting that the Irish Department of Agriculture could not take sides over the fiscal question. 14 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/46 Letter from Herbert Gladstone [later Lord Gladstone] to WSC, on possibility of electoral pacts, sending list of Liberal candidates opposed to Conservative Free Traders. 14 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/47 Letter from Lord George Hamilton to WSC, confirming that he was opposed to protective tariffs, and did not object to local deals with the Liberals over free trade, but he refused to "coalesce or combine with them in other matters". 15 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/48 Letter from John Gulland, Cobden Club, to WSC, news that Lord Goschen had declined invitation to speak in Scotland, asking if he would approach other Free Trade Unionists, such as Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] or Charles Ritchie [later 1st Lord Ritchie of Dundee] on behalf of the Club. 16 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/49-50 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, stating his confidence in 2nd Lord Lytton "very able - and any matter however delicate...can safely be left to him", commenting on progress of the free trade campaign, particularly By- Election success in Norwich. 16 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/51-52 Letter from Captain Stuart Duncan to WSC, on his retirement from the army and intention to apply for a War Office Clerkship. 17 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/53 Letter from J.P. Alderson to WSC on the need for a free trade newspaper, and the possibility of the Daily Chronicle being converted into a free trade journal. 17 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/54 Letter from Herbert Gladstone [later Lord Gladstone] to WSC, commenting on speech by J.A. Morrison, who, it appeared had deserted the Free Trade cause, and was openly supporting Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], and keeping an "open mind" on Joseph Chamberlain's proposals. 18 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/55 Letter from Frederick C. Barley to WSC, asking for meeting. [Jan 1904]
CHAR 2/15/56-58 Letter from Alfred Frazer, Cardiff Liberal Executive [Wales], to WSC, on the possibility of Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and Lord Wimborne (2nd baron, 1st viscount)] standing as a Liberal in Cardiff. Guest was adopted, and elected Liberal MP for Cardiff in Jan 1906. 13 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/59 Letter from Senator Pulsford to WSC, on support for free trade in Australia. 19 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/60-61 Letter from J.C. Haig to WSC, commenting on WSC's reference in speech to the booing of Joseph Chamberlain in many pantomimes. 20 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/62 Letter from Thomas Henry Hatfield to WSC, asking if he felt that a "commercial understanding" with Spain was workable and desirable. 21 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/63 Letter from Walter T. Williams to WSC, thanks for arranging for Lord George Hamilton to address Cardiff & District Free Trade League. 23 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/64 Letter from Herbert Vivian to WSC, on election campaign in Deptford, asking if WSC would speak at inaugural meeting. 23 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/65 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, congratulations on speech on Free Trade in Liverpool, commenting on criticism of WSC by James Wanklyn, Liberal MP for Bradford Central [Yorkshire], stating that he too had been attacked by Wanklyn, asking WSC to "smash the wretched idiot to pieces". 24 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/66 Letter from 5th Lord Rosebery to WSC, thanks for sending confidential news, agreeing that Sir Alexander Acland-Hood, [later Lord St Audries] Conservative Chief Whip, should help by sending a Conservative Agent to report on the situation. 24 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/67 Letter from W. Nicholson to WSC, on unfair report of WSC's address to Whitby Conservative Association in the Yorkshire Herald. 26 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/68-72 Letter from A.J. Moore (a North-West Canadian Farmer) to WSC, setting out opposition to a preferential tariff on wheat, pointing out that this would be of little benefit to the Canadian farmer, or the English workman. 27 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/73 Letter from H. Lefeuvre Meaulle to WSC, congratulations on speech in Dublin. 27 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/74 Letter from Stanley Udale to WSC, asking him to address meeting of the Free Trade Union in St Albans [Hertfordshire]. 28 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/75 Letter from Newman Thompson to WSC, on success of his address to Institute of Bankers in Ireland, asking for permission to publish lecture in the Institute's Journal. 28 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/76-77 Letter from Harold Gorst, Unionist Free Food League, to WSC, on publication of pamphlet, Ireland and the Fiscal Problem. 28 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/78 Letter from W. Carey Taylor to WSC, suggesting that he stand as a free trade candidate in Blackpool [Lancashire]. 28 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/79-80 Letter from Herbert Gladstone [later Lord Gladstone] to WSC, enclosing copy of letter from William Finnemore on the possibility of WSC standing as a Free Trade Unionist, with Liberal support, in Birmingham, agreeing that he would be an excellent candidate, but suggesting that he stand as an Independent Tree Trader. 28 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/81-82 Letter from Harold Gorst, Unionist Free Food League, to WSC, enclosing estimate for printing pamphlet Ireland and the Fiscal Problem. 30 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/83 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC, on tactics of the free food campaign, asking him not to say anything disloyal to the Conservatives at Free Food meeting, "still less nothing friendly to Liberalism". 31 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/84 Letter from J.B. Atkins to WSC, asking him to take up the question of Chinese labour in South Africa. [Jan 1904]
CHAR 2/15/85 Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], questioning statement in the Daily Telegraph, stating that WSC and other Unionist members were no longer to receive the Government whip, asking whether the statement was correct, and whether it was issued on Balfour's, authority [typescript copy]. 22 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/86-87 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], Prime Minister, to WSC, stating that the Government Whips had understood from WSC's speeches that he no longer wished to be counted as a supporter of the Government, and that he (Balfour) was delighted that this was not the case, accepting WSC as a "loyal, though independent supporter of the present Administration", indicating that in his opinion the Whips' action was justified, accepting that WSC's remark "Thank God we have an opposition" was capable of misinterpretation, but not his letter to the electors of Ludlow [Shropshire], apparently advising them to vote against the Unionist candidate [typescript copy]. 01 Feb 1904
CHAR 2/15/88-89 Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], Prime Minister, stating his opposition to Home Rule, and Protection in any form, confirming that his opposition to Joseph Chamberlain and his proposals may force him into actions "incidentally hostile to the existing Government", asking Balfour to judge for himself whether it was worthwhile for WSC to continue to accept the Government whip "I shall certainly not complain, whatever your decision may be" [typescript copy]. 02 Feb 1904
CHAR 2/15/90-91 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], Prime Minister, to WSC, stating that the Government Whips had understood from WSC's speeches that he no longer wished to be counted as a supporter of the Government, and that he (Balfour) was delighted that this was not the case, accepting WSC as a "loyal, though independent supporter of the present Administration", indicating that in his opinion the Whips' action was justified, accepting that WSC's remark "Thank God we have an opposition" was capable of misinterpretation, but not his letter to the electors of Ludlow [Shropshire], apparently advising them to vote against the Unionist candidate. 01 Feb 1904
CHAR 2/15/92 Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], Prime Minister, stating his opposition to Home Rule, and Protection in any form, confirming that his opposition to Joseph Chamberlain and his proposals may force him into actions "incidentally hostile to the existing Government", asking Balfour to judge for himself whether it was worthwhile for WSC to continue to accept the Government whip "I shall certainly not complain, whatever your decision may be" [manuscript copy]. 02 Feb 1904
CHAR 2/15/93 Letter from T. Potts to WSC, asking him to take part in Free Food Demonstration in Liverpool. 04 Feb [1904]
CHAR 2/15/94 Telegram from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter of 22 Jan on withdrawal of the Whip, promising to make enquiries. 25 Jan 1904
CHAR 2/15/95 Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], questioning statement in the Daily Telegraph, stating that WSC and other Unionist members were no longer to receive the Government whip, asking whether the statement was correct, and whether it was issued on Balfour's authority [manuscript copy]. 22 Jan 1904