|Content Description||Endorsed: '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'
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