[Charles Bradlaugh] Note(secretarial) Signed C Bradlaugh to The Editor | Daily Telegraph] announcing the imminent circulation of his Appeal to the Country.

Charles Bradlaugh [1833 – 1891), political activist and atheist]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Charles Bradlaugh | The National Reformer, | 20, Circus Road, St. John's Wood, | London, N.W., May 6th 1881
SKU: 23348

One page, 12mo, top of page grubby, closed tears (one repaired on reverse), signature smudged, fold marks, text clear in a neat secretarila hand. I beg to enclose you an advance proof of an appeal which will be widely circulated after eleven o'clock tomorrow. Presumably this relates to the electoral shenanigans of 1881: Bradlaugh later returned to the House, but because Members had to take the oath before being allowed to take their seats, he effectively forfeited his seat in Parliament once he cast a vote in early 1881. His seat fell vacant and a by-election was declared. Bradlaugh was re-elected by Northampton four times in succession as the dispute continued. Supporting Bradlaugh were William Ewart Gladstone, T. P. O'Connor and George Bernard Shaw as well as hundreds of thousands of people who signed a public petition. Opposing his right to sit were the Conservative Party, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other leading figures in the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church.