[Suppression of the Opium Trade.] Nineteen Autograph Letters Signed from MPs, Quakers, missionaries, and others (Earl of Aberdeen; Lord Radstock; Viscount Hampden), to Frederic Storrs-Turner and Goodeve Mabbs, with circular signed by Justin McCarthy.

Frederick Storrs-Turner; Goodeve Mabbs; Sir Edward Pease; Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade; Frederic Harrison; Earl of Aberdeen; Justin McCarthy; Lord Radstock; Gurney and Fry Quakers
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From London (12 letters), Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle, Brighton (2), Birmingham, Edinburgh. Between 1876 and 1886.

The twenty items in this collection are in fair condition, aged and worn, and present an interesting capsule of political activism in late-Victorian Britain. The printed circular (1p., 8vo) is headed 'THE OPIUM TRADE. | London, March 17th, 1886.' It is signed at the foot by Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), and requests support from Members of the House of Commons for Sir Joseph W. Pease's resolution, during a vote on 23 March.

[Female suffrage; printed anti-feminist pamphlet.] Woman: And Her Failings.

Henry Tyrrell [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
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London: Published by Holyoake & Co., 147, Fleet Street. 1857. [John Watts, Printer, 147, Fleet Street.]

16pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Tyrrell's attitude is patronising, to say the least. 'It is not that our girls and young women are uneducated; the mischief consists in the fatal fact that they are over-educated, as the word is understood, or misunderstood, by those who have the charge of them.

[James F. L. Wood, Assistant Manager, Society for the Suppression of Mendicity.] Manuscript confidential report (signed 'Exd. R Ferguson') to A. J. B. Beresford Hope, on nine cases of begging letters sent from the Lisson Grove area of London.

James F. L. Wood, Assistant Manager, Society for the Suppression of Mendicity [Mendicity Society] [Sir Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope (1820-1887), Conservative politician; R. Ferguson]
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On letterhead of the Begging Letter Department, Mendicity Office, Red Lion Square. 3 April 1856.

3pp., folio. Bifolium on grey paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'A. J. B. Beresford Hope | Esq | Arklow House', with Penny Red stamp and postmarks. In good condition, on aged paper, with some discoloration to the reverse of the second leaf. Printed in red at the head of the first page: 'THIS REPORT IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

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