‘A delicate attention’ from the suffragettes?

Re-blogged from the Historical Archives and Manuscripts blog : http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ham/2014/06/09/a-delicate-attention-from-the-suffragettes/

By Matthew Neely   This entry from the political journal of Lewis Harcourt describes the discovery of a bomb hidden in a tree at his Oxfordshire home Nuneham Park in 1907. Harcourt was the First Commissioner of Public Works in the Liberal government of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. He was strongly opposed to the extension of the electoral franchise to women. Writing in his journal, Harcourt reasoned that the planting of the bomb was probably ‘a delicate attention to me from the Female Suffragists.’

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Entry from the political journal of Lewis Harcourt, 23 February 1907.

Extracts from Harcourt’s political journal will be on display in the Bodleian Libraries’ forthcoming exhibition The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches.

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