Monday, 25 March 2013

William Rathbone, MP, 25 March 1884


This letter to Rees Roberts is from William Rathbone, MP for Caernarvonshire from 1881 until 1885.   He was instrumental in founding the University College of North Wales and was its President from 1891.  
Here he is writing somewhat testily to Rees Roberts who has clearly committed the heinous crime of going behind his MP's back.  For good measure, William Rathbone MP enclosed a list of parliamentary procedures relating to petitions.  

Dear Sir, I have to acknowledge the receipt of the resolution relating to the Franchised Bill passed at Penmachno on the 19th inst.  
I am glad to see that the bill is approved of; but may I suggest that it would be better, where such resolutions relate to measures likely, as in this case, to be vigorously supported by your representative, to throw them into the form of a Petition to the House of Commons for him to present.  It would thus make him, and Parliament also, acquainted with your views.  Yours faithfully, Wm Rathbone.

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