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John Bright Letters

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Bright, John, 1811-1889

John Bright was a British liberal statesman, associated with Richard Cobden in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League. He was a strong critic of British foreign policy and is considered one of the greatest orators of his generation.

The collection consists of over forty letters by Bright written while he was a member of Parliament and addressed to various individuals. Among the topics discussed in these letters are the Poor Laws, the question of Irish independence, the American Civil War and the issue of slavery, and the Corn Laws.

Various AM. Letter from Bright to Henry Vincent is a gift of William E. Heitzman.

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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Miscellaneous Papers, 1861-1866. 1 folder.
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Letter from John Bright to Mr. Walker, 1864. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. (copy)

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to George C. Beckwith, Esq., 1855. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale accepting the elected position of "Honorary Vice President" of the "American Peace Society."

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Thomas Francis Esq., 1854 June 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Jane Procter, 1852 April 7. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale regretting with apologies his inability to "contribute" to a cause in which Miss Procter was interested.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to "Sir", 1850 April 23. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from House of Commons concerning the cost of the party papers.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Chas F. Brownsworth, 1880 February 4. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale referring to some political move of the "Tory" party.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to John T. Middlemore, 1875 January 31. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale relating to "Childrens' Emigration Homes."

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Chas Shira, 1869. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale referring to the Poor Law.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Henry Willett, 1886 November 25. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdake declining attendence at some contest and urging Mr. Willett "not to subject so good a man as George Trevelyan to the... certainty of defeat."

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Letter from John Bright to Edward West, 1877 December 19. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale in which he mentions the Free Trade question and the danger of war.

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1 folder

Letter from Mary H. Bright to Mrs. Patching, 1870 September 20. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. relating to tuition for Mrs. Patching's daughter.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Rev. Joseph Fletcher, 1852 December 9. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Reform Club relating to the circulation of anti-Militia placards.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to John Oxford, 1866 August 8. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale declining to attend a public meeting in Birmingham "immediately after the Patry Session."

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Thomas Agnew, 1886 October 24. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale requesting that Mr. Readon of Taunton be put on the list for the Council picture to represent Somersetshire and the west.

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1 folder

A Signed Note with a Quotation from Herodotus, 1864. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Henry B. Adams, 1867 May 4. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. referring to "Reform Bill" and accepting with reservation an invitation to dinner.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to H. Dix Hutton, 1868 January 27. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale on the Irish Land question and English Parliament.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Algernon Cooper, 1868 September 6. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. declining to give for publicationi the content of his speech in the "H. of C."

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Henry Bowie, 1869 July 22. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from House of Commons declining to speak at the opening of the Philosophical Institute in Edinburgh

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to E.K., 1849-1869. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale referring to a visit in Ireland and expressing the hope that he may cooperate with those "who are anxious to improve the conditions of your unfortunate country."

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Letter from John Bright to G. Poulett Scrope M.P., 1869 November 9. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. from Rochdale relative to the Irish land question.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Sir David Wedderburn, 1874 February 10. 1 folder.
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A.L.S from Rochdale referring to some political questiojn in the House and the course of its defeat.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Henry Hawkes, 1874 November 4. 1 folder.
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A.L.S from Rochdale declining a dinner invitation.

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1 folder

Letters from John Bright to Mrs. Patching, 1880 June 28-July 31. 1 folder.
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2 A.Ls.S. from Hanover Square. One about money matters, one enclosing a gift of money and declining to send more.

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1 folder

Letters from John Bright to Samuel A. Goddard, 1882 August 5. 1 folder.
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2 A.Ls.S. One concerning a living for Goddard's son and a letter of condolence.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Miss Goddard, undated. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. concerning Gossett's gallery.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Macmillan, 1882 October 16. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. ordering his books to be sent to John Bayliss.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Sir Thomas Chambers, 1883 May 19. 1 folder.
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A.L.S from Rochdale declining an invitation to dinner.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Mr. B. Church, 1884 January 26. 1 folder.
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A.L.S from Rochdale about municipal elections.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Miss Goddard, 1885-1886. 1 folder.
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2 A.Ls.S. One about dogs and the other a letter of condolence.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to "Sir" (London), undated. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. concerning free trade.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Jas. H. Rawlins, 1887 August 10. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. referring to the question of free schools and to the Channel Tunnel

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to C. Casey Esq., 1872 October 31. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. acknowledging with complimentary apprecitiation his "Philites" and ordering 10 copies.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to J.M. Hare, 1868 April 18. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. declining an invitation to speak at a public meeting and addressing that he hopes to maintain his "long held principkles on the questions of State Churches."

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to Thomas Cave Esq., 1869 December 16. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. making conditional arrangement to meet General Banks.

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1 folder

Letters from John Bright to Edward L. Pierce, 1853-1875. 1 folder.
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5 A.Ls.S. One on the Secret Ballot, one giving his views on the Civil War, and three commenting on Charles Summer and his letters.

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1 folder

Letter from Sarah Bright to Miss. M. Moore, 1908 August 20. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. intimate letter expressing sympathy and giving advice.

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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to I.S. Henslow, 1845 December 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter from John Bright to John Allen, 1868 November 21. 1 folder.
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A.L.S. referring to one of Bright's speeches, "my speeches are before the country and I am ready to stand by them."

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1 folder

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