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Essays in Freedom.

NEVINSON, Henry Wood. FIRST EDITION. Half title; sl. spotting in prelims. Orig. green buckram, spine lettered in gilt; sl. dulled. t.e.g. Essays by the great war correspondent, 1856-1941. A very nice association copy, inscribed on the initial blank from the author to the actress, author, and prominent suffragette, Elizabeth Robins, 1862-1952: 'To Elizabeth Robins from H.W.N. Sept.r 1909'. Robins has herself further inscribed the book, and added 'Votes for Women' on the leading free endpaper. One of the essays contained in the book is titled 'Votes for Women', and is formed of a consideration of Robins's play of the same name, adapted from her novel The Convert, and performed at the Royal Court theatre in 1907. Nevinson is keen to emphasise the importance of the play, declaring 'If in a century's time, long after women have taken their place in the Parliaments of mankind, they wish to discover what kind of speeches were made by the early champions of the cause, what kind of people these champions were, and with what merry jests and irrelevant criticisms they were received . they will only have to read the second act of "Votes for Women"'. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Nevinson to Robins, dated Sept. 18, in which he refers to the present volume of essays: 'short things, but dealing so often with what you were speaking of'. Robins had evidently come to see him the day before, as Nevinson thanks her for coming to lunch, and passes on the best wishes of 'Miss Evelyn Sharp (his future wife) and Trench'.
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Receipt for Campaign Donation to The Women’s Party, November 23, 1918, signed by E. Pankhurst.

GENERAL ELECTION, 1918. A printed receipt, completed in manuscript, signed by the party Treasurer, E. Pankhurst. Secured with a pin to a one-page typed covering letter, signed C. Wilbraham Ford; several light folds. This receipt, numbered 6926, is filled out to Mrs B. Le Gras, to the sum of one pound. It is dated November 28th 1918, shortly after the Armistice was signed and just days before the December General Election. The Women's Party was established in 1917 by Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, upon the dissolution of the WSPU. It was deliberately less militant than its predecessor, the founders arguing that it was more important to support the war effort than focus solely on the issue of women's suffrage. It continued to lobby for women's causes, but also espoused a more patriotic agenda, promoting the twin ideas of Unionism and Empire. In the 1918 General Election Christabel stood as the Women's Party candidate in Smethwick, Staffordshire. It was a closely fought contest, with Pankhurst eventually losing out by a mere 778 votes to her rival from the Labour Party, John Davison. The covering letter accompanying the receipt thanks the donor for her generous donation, and informs the recipient 'The Campaign in Smethwick is in full swing and we have every reason to believe that we shall be successful'. It is signed by C. Wilbraham Ford, writing on behalf of Annie Kenney, Honourable Secretary of the party. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.