[ First World War printed pamphlet. ] The National Party to promote Reform, Union and Defence. A Statement of Policy.
15pp., 8vo. Stapled. With stamp on cover of the 'Secretary – National Party, | 23 Kilvert's Buildings, | Withy Grove, | Manchester.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn. List at front of 27 'Members of both Houses of Parliament and other public men' who issued the 'original Manifesto', from 'Colonel Lord Ampthill, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.' to 'Lt.-Col. Lord Stafford, D.S.O.' Headings include 'Failure of the old Party System' and 'Aims of the National Party'. Datable from the following: 'The Empire has now been engaged for three years in a war which our leading party statesmen claim to have foreseen.' Only three copies on COPAC: at the Imperial War Museum, National Library of Scotland and Oxford. For background information see Geoffrey Russell Searle's 'Country before Party: Coalition and the Idea of "National Government' in Modern Britain, 1885-1987' (London, 1995).