Document ReferenceN Mc 1/46
TitleLetter from John Bright, Rochdale to [Duncan] M[c]Laren, 24 Rutland Street, Edinburgh.
Date11 December 1851
Extent3 ff with envelope
Content DescriptionEndorsed: 'J. Bright Maynooth Grant'

Refers McLaren to an article in the 'Examiner' which gives his views on the 'reform question'; requests him to form a committee in Edinburgh to liaise with Mr [Alexander] Hastie M.P. in Glasgow, in order to convene a conference in Edinburgh with representatives from the whole of Scotland, under McLaren's chairmanship, to sanction his [Bright's] resolutions; states that he has already corresponded with Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, London and the West Riding; notes that there is 'a perfect good feeling here between the middle and working classes, which is a great thing in any political movement'.

Postscript: Notes unfavourable report on him [Bright] in the 'Scotsman' and its possible use by the Whigs; describes McLaren's presence at an anti-popery meeting as 'dangerous'; recalls that he spoke and voted against the Maynooth Grant when proposed by Sir Robert Peel; notes that now [Richard] Spooner and [John Pemberton] Plumptre support the Regium Donum to the Presbyterians and Unitarians in the North of Ireland, but oppose the Maynooth Grant from 'hostility to the Catholic faith'; comments that the 'Bulwark' is a disgrace to Christianity.

Postmarks: 'ROCHDALE DE 12 1851 D'; 'DEC C 13 M 1851'

Stamp: 1d [red/blue]

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1890Hastie; Alexander (1805-1864); Mr; Liberal M.P.1805-1864
NA1860Peel; Robert (1788-1850); 2nd Baronet; Prime Minister 1841-18461788-1850
NA1891Spooner; Richard (1783-1864); Mr; Conservative M.P.1783-1864
NA1775Bright; John (1811-1889); Mr; statesman1811-1899
NA924McLaren; Duncan (1800-1886); politician1800-1886
NA65033Plumptre; John Pemberton (1791-1864); Mr; MP; of Fredville Kent1791-1864
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