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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typed letter signed to Eliot Crawshay-Williams (his former Assistant Private Secretary, MP for Leicester 1910-13), Board of Trade, 24 August 1909, marked 'Private', 'The principal thing about which I am concerned for the Leicester meeting is the disturbances by women. I hope you will see that all proper precautions are taken, that no women are allowed in the meeting unless vouched for', warning especially of attempts to rush the doors ('this last has been a feature of previous meetings') and giving detailed instructions for measures including 'a sufficiency of stewards', a thorough search of the building, 'the roof as well as all cupboards and recesses being properly examined', and a police presence in the street, 1½ pages, 4to; with a letter by Eddie Marsh on 4 February 1907, about a successful meeting in Manchester 'W was carried home "shoulder high" ... The suffragettes waited till his speech was over, all the same they were pretty roughly handled, & I was sorry for them'. Provenance: Phillips, 11 December 1986, lot 87 (part). CHURCHILL AND THE SUFFRAGETTES. A veteran of numerous interruptions by 'Votes for Women' protesters at speaking engagements since 1905, when he encountered Christabel Pankhurst in her home city of Manchester, Churchill's attitude to women's suffrage was somewhat ambivalent ('I am not going to be henpecked on a subject of such importance' was one of his earlier ripostes). His precautions presumably worked as his speech on social reform in Leicester on 4 September was reported as most successful. Writings of Sir Winston Churchill © Estate of Winston S. Churchill

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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typed letter signed to Eliot Crawshay-Williams (his former Assistant Private Secretary, MP for Leicester 1910-13), Board of Trade, 24 August 1909, marked 'Private', 'The principal thing about which I am concerned for the Leicester meeting is the disturbances by women. I hope you will see that all proper precautions are taken, that no women are allowed in the meeting unless vouched for', warning especially of attempts to rush the doors ('this last has been a feature of previous meetings') and giving detailed instructions for measures including 'a sufficiency of stewards', a thorough search of the building, 'the roof as well as all cupboards and recesses being properly examined', and a police presence in the street, 1½ pages, 4to; with a letter by Eddie Marsh on 4 February 1907, about a successful meeting in Manchester 'W was carried home "shoulder high" ... The suffragettes waited till his speech was over, all the same they were pretty roughly handled, & I was sorry for them'. Provenance: Phillips, 11 December 1986, lot 87 (part).

CHURCHILL AND THE SUFFRAGETTES. A veteran of numerous interruptions by 'Votes for Women' protesters at speaking engagements since 1905, when he encountered Christabel Pankhurst in her home city of Manchester, Churchill's attitude to women's suffrage was somewhat ambivalent ('I am not going to be henpecked on a subject of such importance' was one of his earlier ripostes). His precautions presumably worked as his speech on social reform in Leicester on 4 September was reported as most successful.

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