Henry Edward Manning

Peter C. Erb (ed.), The Correspondence of Henry Edward Manning and William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 3: 1861–1875

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  • ARCHBISHOP'S HOUSE
  • WESTMINSTER,
  • S.W.
  • April 12. 1874

My dear Gladstone,

Could I see you at any time before Newdegates Bill comes on?a It stands for Friday.

Any evening, at any hour, & any where, excepting only Tuesday evening would be the same to me.

All the day I shall be engaged with our Bishops, who meet in this week every year.

Newdegates Bill contains two kinds of matter.

The one is needless, being already amply provided for in existing statutes. The other is unconstitutional. It revives the Star Chamber,b and violates the liberty of association.

The Bill ought to be rejected on these grounds, without reference to religion.

  • Believe me always
  • Yours affect[ionatel]y
  • + Henry E. Manning

The Right Hon[oura]ble W. E. Gladstone, MP

[[BL Add. MS 44250, 159; letterhead]]

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Editor’s Note
a 'A Bill for appointing commissioners to inquire respecting Monastic and Conventual institutions in Great Britain, and for purposes connected therewith' (PP 1874 [38.] iii. 459; 24 Mar. 1874). The issue had been on the floor of the House for some time. Note the earlier versions of the bill, PP 1872 (129.) iii. 391; 1873 (62.) iii. 331, and the continuing interest in the matter: PP 1875 (69.) iv. 305, 16 February 1875; 1876 (24.) v. 231; 1877 (52.) iv. 199. On the Newdegate campaign see 700416gm. See also The [Correspondence of] Rev Dr. Manning and Mr. Newdegate, M.P (London: W. Sully, 1873).
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b English court, formed in the late fifteenth century to hear political and treason cases. Extensively misused under Charles I, it was abolished by Parliament in 1641.
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