Public and Political: General: Women's Suffrage; Conciliation Bill: Correspondence and papers.

Reference code: CHAR 2/47

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Date: 19 Oct 1909 - 16 Nov 1910

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CHAR 2/47/1 Letter from Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]) to WSC enclosing copies of documents issued by the Committee [see CHAR 2/47/2-8] and asking WSC for his general support. Mentions other leading politicians who have also been approached. 13 Apr [1910]
CHAR 2/47/2 Letter to MPs from the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage explaining that the Committee have agreed that the extension of the women's municipal register to parliamentary elections can form the basis for a settlement of the issue and asking for support for their draft declaration [see CHAR 2/47/3-5]. Annotated typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/47/1. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/47/3-5 Draft declaration by the Conciliation Commitee for Woman Suffrage advocating the extension of the women's municipal register to parliamentary elections as a measure on which all supporters of women's suffrage can agree. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/47/1. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/47/6-8 Note addressed to Liberals by the Conciliation Commitee for Woman Suffrage recommending the introduction of a Private Member's Bill for the extension of the women's municipal register to parliamentary elections as a first step to the general enfranchisement of women. Typesript annotated and signed by Henry Brailsford, honorary secretary of the Committee. Sent with CHAR 2/47/1. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/47/9-10 Letter from Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]) to WSC enlosing a proof of the circular which the Committee intends to send to MPs [see CHAR 2/47/12] and pointing out that some advocates of adult suffrage have declared their support for its aims. Describes how the Committee's compromise was arrived at and urges the Government to set aside the two days necessary for its passage through the House of Commons, warning that the alternative will be the renewal of "the old bitter struggle". Asks for advice on how the Government should be approached. 15 Apr [1910]
CHAR 2/47/11 Envelope addressed to WSC by Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage]. 16 May 1910
CHAR 2/47/12 Proof of a circular from the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage to MPs advocating the introduction of a Private Member's Bill for the extension of the women's municipal register to parliamentary elections. Printed. With annotations which have been incorporated in CHAR 2/47/13. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/47/13 Circular from the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage to MPs advocating the introduction of a Private Member's Bill for the extension of the women's municipal register to parliamentary elections. Printed. With annotations. Incorporates the amendments noted on CHAR 2/47/12. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/47/14 Letter from Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] to WSC thanking him for giving his support to the Committee. 21 Apr [1910]
CHAR 2/47/15 Letter from 2nd Lord Lytton (Knebworth House, Knebworth, [Hertfordshire]) to WSC on: his sadness [over WSC's attitude to the bill sponsored by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage]; his own personal commmitment [to women's suffrage]; his struggle to achieve cross-party consensus on the issue and his desire that the current opportunity to pass a measure should not be missed. 06 Jun 1910
CHAR 2/47/16 Envelope marked "Victor's letter". [Jun 1910]
CHAR 2/47/17 A bill to extend the parliamentary franchise to women occupiers. 14 Jun 1910
CHAR 2/47/18 Cutting from the Daily Telegraph: claim by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage that WSC has pledged to vote in favour of their bill. [Jun 1910]
CHAR 2/47/19 The "Conciliation" Bill: is it democratic? An article by Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] reprinted, with additions, from the Daily Chronicle. Sent with CHAR 2/47/22. [Jun 1910]
CHAR 2/47/20-21 Telegram from Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) asking for advice about the scheduling of the second reading of the bill being promoted by the Committee. 21 Jun 1910
CHAR 2/47/22 Letter from Henry Brailsford, honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]), to WSC noting that both the supporters of adult suffrage like David Lloyd George and opponents of it are against the bill being promoted by the Committee and hoping that men like WSC and [Augustine] Birrell who want a moderate solution will say so. Believes it is vital for the Bill to be sent to a Grand Committee and cites relevant precedents. Encloses an article by him answering the argument that the Bill is not democratic [see CHAR 2/47/19]. 08 Jul [1910]
CHAR 2/47/23 Letter from Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]) to WSC accusing him of treachery as a result of his opposition to the bill being promoted by the Committee. 12 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/24-25 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] rejecting Brailsford's charge of treachery arising from his opposition to the bill being promoted by the Committee. Copy. [12 Jul 1910]
CHAR 2/47/26-28 Letter from Henry Brailsford, honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage, (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]) to WSC rejecting WSC's assertion that he was not consulted about the bill being promoted by the Committee and repeating his complaint that WSC welcomed the formation of the Committee and yet vehemently opposed the bill it was formed to promote. 13 Jul [1910]
CHAR 2/47/29-32 Typescript final version of CHAR 2/47/33-34. Two other copies at CHAR 2/47/54-57 and CHAR 2/47/58-60. 14 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/33-34 Letter from [WSC] to 2nd Lord Lytton refuting Lytton's assertion that he (WSC) was consulted in the framing of the bill promoted by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage and was therefore unjustified in calling it one- sided and undemocratic. Draft in WSC's hand. Typescript final version at CHAR 2/47/29-32, CHAR 2/47/54-57, and CHAR 2/47/58-60. [14 Jul 1910]
CHAR 2/47/35 Note [by WSC ?on the militant campaigners for women's suffrage]: "no one can be their friend who is not their slave: and those who are their most servile slaves are their [most] futile friends.". [Jul 1910]
CHAR 2/47/36 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to 2nd Lord [Lytton] refuting what he sees as Lytton's misrepresentation of his attitude and conduct with regard to the bill promoted by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage. Draft in WSC's hand. 15 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/37-53 Memorandum by [WSC] giving a full account of his attitude and conduct with regard to the bill promoted by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage and answering Lord Lytton's charges that he had acted in bad faith. Typescript. Headed: "not for publication.". 19 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/54-56 Another copy of CHAR 2/47/29-32. 14 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/58-60 Another copy of CHAR 2/47/29-32. 14 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/61 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to Henry Brailsford [honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage] agreeing to be quoted as welcoming the formation of the Committee and favouring the solution of the question of women's suffrage on non-party lines but expressing the wish not to be committed to a specific measure. Typescript copy. Another copy of this letter was enclosed with the original of CHAR 2/47/58-60. 19 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/47/62 Statement by 2nd Lord Lytton attacking WSC for voting against the bill promoted by the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage having [allegedly] earlier declared his support for it. Typescript. Another copy of this statement was enclosed with the original of CHAR 2/47/58-60. [Jul 1910]
CHAR 2/47/63 Note to [WSC] from "GW" referring to a letter from Christabel Pankhurst of October 1909 quoting WSC as saying that he thought the campaign for women's suffrage had become a large general movement. Typescript addressed and initialled in manuscript. 13 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/64 6 Jan 1910 15 Jan 1910 Cuttings from the Dundee Advertiser [Angus, Scotland]: remarks and speeches by WSC in Dundee [Angus, Scotland] on women's suffrage and old age pensions. With covering note. 8 pieces. 19 Oct 1909 - 15 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/47/65-69 Letter from 2nd Lord Lytton (Knebworth House, Knebworth, [Hertfordshire]) to [WSC] giving an account of WSC's dealings with the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage to justify his belief that the Committee had a right to expect WSC to support the bill it was promoting. Signed typescript. 15 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/70-71 Letter from Henry Brailsford, honorary secretary of the Conciliation Committee for Woman Suffrage (32 Well Walk, Hampstead, [London]), to 2nd Lord Lytton giving an account of his communications with WSC about the bill being promoted by the Committee to justify the attack on WSC for not having supported it in the House of Commons. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/47/65. 15 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/47/72 Letter from Walter Jerred to Edward Marsh enclosing and commenting on a memorandum by him on a possible scheme of women's suffrage [see CHAR 2/47/73-80]. Annotated by WSC that the figure for the number of professional women is useful and important. 19 Aug 1910
CHAR 2/47/73-80 Memorandum [by Walter Jerred] on the addition to the electorate which would result from a scheme to extend the franchise to women over 25 years of age who have either brought up two or more children, have university or professional qualifications, or are serving on local authorities. Partly based on census figures from New South Wales [Australia] and New Zealand. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/47/72. [Aug 1910]
CHAR 2/47/81-82 Letter from Walter McLaren (House of Commons) to WSC urging that the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] should pledge that facilities for the discussion of a women's suffrage bill will be granted for the next session. Signed typescript. Annotated that WSC will carefully consider the matter. 16 Nov 1910
CHAR 2/47/83 Memorandum from Charles Masterman [Under- Secretary of State at the Home Office] to [WSC] on the opinion of the legal adviser to the Local Government Board on letting property in order to enfranchise women occupiers. [1910]