Document ReferenceN Mc 1/77
TitleLetter from John Bright, Rochdale to his brother-in-law Duncan McLaren, Newington House, Edinburgh; 5 March 1855.
Date5 March 1855
Extent4 ff with envelope
Content DescriptionRefers to an agent for the 'Safety ' Office which will be explained by Mr Logan of Glasgow; agrees to talk to Sidney Herbert about the Army [rum] ration; refers to the 'lunacy' of the Crimean War; briefly states that the Newspaper Stamp Bill has no 'real' opposition except Lord Campbell; notes that 'there is hardly any man I more despise in public life' than the Lord Chief Justice; advises that he has seen 'old Morrison's property at Bagshot; believes Mr Morrison of Edinburgh is heir-at-law, so will be residuary legatee.

Assesses the new government which he belives will not last long - 'we shall have a "Derby" government before long'; mentions a rumour that [Lord] Palmerston will go to the Lords so that 'Johnny' [Lord John Russell] can lead; notes that Lord Aberdeen opposed the Peelites' resignation, but advised them to 'consort with us'; fears that [his daughter] Helen [Priestman Bright] has whooping cough.

Postmark: 'ROCHDALE MR 5 1855'; 'MAR 5 6


Stamp: 1d [red/blue: perforated]
Termpolitical & legal

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA2014Logan; - (fl 1855); Mrfl 1855
NA2015Herbert; Sidney (fl 1855)fl 1855
NA2016Campbell; George D. (1823-1900); 8th Duke of Argyll; Whig M.P.1823-1900
NA1923Morrison; - (fl 1852-1855); Mrfl 1852-1855
NA143Temple; Henry John (1784-1865); 3rd Viscount Palmerston; succ. 1802; statesman; Prime Minster 1855-1858 and 1859-18651784-1865
NA142Gordon; George Hamilton- (1784-1860); 4th Earl of Aberdeen1784-1860
NA1833Clark; Helen P. (1840-c.1900); Mrs; née Bright1840-c.1900
NA920McLaren; Priscilla (1815-1906); née Bright social reformer1815-1906
NA1900Cobden; Richard (1804-1865); Mr; statesman1804-1865
NA1995Oliver; - (fl 1854-1884); Mrfl 1854-1884
NA2017Wiseman; - (fl 1855); Cardinalfl 1855
NA2018Neave; - (fl 1855); Mrfl 1855
NA1775Bright; John (1811-1889); Mr; statesman1811-1899
NA924McLaren; Duncan (1800-1886); politician1800-1886
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