Letter to 5th Earl of Onslow from L. [Lewis] Harcourt, asking for his support at Anti-Female Suffrage meeting 'of the two parties' to be held at the Albert Hall: request that Onslow sit on the platform.
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- SHC Ref No: G173/20/1
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 6 Jan 1912
- Format: Archives
- Description: [There is no note of Onslow's reply, but he is reported as having attended the event in the 'Surrey Advertiser', 3 Feb 1912.
Lewis Harcourt (1863-1922), later 1st Viscount Harcourt, of Nuneham Park, Oxfordshire, a Liberal MP at the time of his writing, was a known opposer of women's suffrage. Ethel Smyth, composer and suffragette, was imprisoned after breaking the window of his political office in Mar 1912. Onslow's decision to preserve the letter may be attributable to his desire to illustrate his perceived closeness to the Liberal party in spite of being Conservative, due to his previous acting a private secretary to Sir Edward Grey, discussed in his autobiography 'Sixty Three Years' (1939). He later supported women?s suffrage (-/77/8)]
- Level: Item
- Access Status: Open.
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