Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JCLAdd/414
TitleLetter from Joseph Chamberlain to E[dward] R. Russell
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DescriptionLetter written from Highbury, Birmingham dated 2 October and marked 'Private'. Chamberlain writes in response to a letter [JCLAdd/413] from Russell [1834-1920, first Baron Russell of Liverpool, newspaper editor and proprietor]. He agrees with Russell about the need for 'a more active propaganda by Ministers'. He notes that he has been involved in 'necessary agitation' and criticises the 'idleness' of others. He advises Russell to ask Gladstone directly about visiting Liverpool. Chamberlain agrees with Russell on actions to be taken if the bill fails [ministers should resign] but adds that there are still alternatives and all depends on factors that are still uncertain. He writes that Gladstone will not compromise on a cause which he has 'championed with such consummate courage & ability'. Chamberlain disagrees with Russell about fundraising, claiming that the money is needed, and concluding: 'My view always is to do boldly what is convenient and advantageous to ourselves, and to leave our opponents to say their worst about it'.
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