|Description||2 letters, one from Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham and one from 40 Prince's Gardens [London]. Sent to Eykyn at 13 Upper Grosvenor Street, Grosvenor Square, London.|
He writes to inform Eykyn that as he has to speak at a 'great banquet' at the town hall [the Birmingham Reform Club's banquet for the 'Seven Members', in Birmingham], so he will be unable to attend his party, 14 Dec[ember 18]85
In his letter of 22 July he requests 'trustworthy' information relating to Northampton and the Mid-Division for the forthcoming elections. He is pessimistic about the chances of success for the Liberal Unionist candidates in the Mid-Division due to the popularity of [John Poyntz] Spencer [fifth Earl Spencer, 1835-1910, statesman]. He considers their prospects in the Northampton borough as 'more hopeful', and says that he would much rather 'fight the borough than the county'