William Morris~letter~irish Politics~1881
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WILLIAM MORRIS~LETTER~IRISH POLITICS~1881
MORRIS, William. Autograph Letter Signed ("William
Morris") boldly penned in black ink, on 26, Queen Square, Bloomsbury,
London, November 16, 1881. 4 3/4" x 7 1/2", 4 pages on bifold leaf. Very
good (minor signs of handling).
To James A. Manson*
Letter discussing the accounts of the National Liberal
League, telling Manson that he concurs with the views
expressed in his speech [on the Irish crisis].
In part: "...I am one of the very small minority among
liberals who lament the late razzia on the Land
Leagues...& concluding, 'As to the name of the [National
Liberal] League, I quite agree that it might as well be
changed; that it sounds for one thing over pompous. For
my part I think some raison d'etre might be found for us,
if we had fewer planks in our platform, something to
distinguish us from other societies & gave us definite
work to do: I do so hate...everything vague in politics as
well as in art..."
Morris had become treasurer of the National Liberal
League in 1879: "but after the Irish coercive measures of
1881, he finally abandoned the Liberal party & drifted
further and further into socialism". In January 1883, in a
decisive move, he joined the Democratic Federation, a
new revolutionary socialist party; at the end of 1884,
dissatisfied with the Federation's moderation, he led a
breakaway group & became leader of the Socialist
*James A. Manson (1851-1921), journalist & author; 'an old colleague of
Morris's on the executive of the National Liberal League'; his speecH,
entitled "The Irish Crisis". A short speech against coercion, was delivered
before the Brixton & Heme Hill Liberal Association (1881).
Morris (1834-1896), born March 24, 1834, died October 3, 1896; English
designer and poet; designer of furniture, wallpaper and stained glass; wrote
"The Life and Death of Jason" (1867).
Not in "The Collected Letters", ed. Kelvin.
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