Autograph letter signed
Category: Autograph Letters/Manuscripts
London. No Publisher. 1909.
Autograph letter signed on 'votes for Women' National Women's Social & Political Union headed paper, 20th September 1909; 8vo 4 pages. Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958) writes to John Henniker Heaton Conservative M.P. for Canterbury, reformer of the postal system and supporter of women's suffrage. Pankhurst was at that time organising secretary of the National Women's Social & Political Union, of which her mother was President. In the letter she writes of here appreciation for his support "though I confess that we should have liked a speech from you. Surely your luck will serve you better than ever now that you have decided to give your place on the ballot if it is a good one to the Women's Enfranchisement Bill. I am am sending you a list of supporters in the House of Commons. Probably there are others who have not yet declared themselves....' continuing that if there is a General Election and a new Government she hopes that they will deal with this question in a satisfactory way, ending with a note that the paper "Votes for Women" will be sent to him each week. The Bill was not introduced until March 1912 when it was defeated by 222 votes to 208. After obtaining her law degree in 1906, Christabel moved to the London headquarters of the WSPU, where she was appointed its organising secretary. Nicknamed "Queen of the Mob", she was jailed in 1907 and in 1909 after the "Rush Trial" at Bow Street. Together with a real photographic post card of Christabel from this period.