|Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)||JCLAdd/500-502|
|Title||Letters from Joseph Chamberlain, Southbourne, Augustus Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham to Thomas Earp, MP, The White House, Newark on Trent: 9, 15 and 23 November |
|Description||These 3 letters, with one envelope, written in November 1878, relate to both educational reform and to the forthcoming general election |
The first, dated 9 November, offers Earp assistance with his 'Crusade' against Dame Schools and encloses one of his speeches which he made as Chairman of a School Board. He also refers to the recent municipal elections in which the Tories were given a 'tremendous licking' and the likelihood of an imminent general election having heard from a 'well informed source that Dizzy [Disraeli] contemplates a dissolution on the declaration of war with Afghanistan'. The letter of 15 November provides Earp with figures for accommodation for and attendance of children in Birmingham schools in 1871 and 1877. The letter of 23 November refers to his fears about the divisions within the party and that it will 'make an ass of itself as usual'