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London: The Liberal Publications Department (in connection with the National Liberal Federation and the Liberal Central Association), 1904. 1st Edition. Paperback. Near fine. This exceptionally rare pamphlet publishes Winston Churchill's speech of 13 May 1904 at Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Churchill spoke about free trade - a policy issue on which he opposed his party leadership and which helped precipitate Churchill's decision to leave the Tory Party of his father. Only two weeks after this speech, on 31 May 1904, Churchill would formally "cross the aisle", turning his back on the Conservative Party and joining the Liberals. In so doing, Churchill began a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. Churchill's speech of 13 May followed that of Liberal M.P. John Morley (1838-1923), a friend and mentor who "seems to have exercised a peculiar fascination upon Churchill" at this time. In 1901, Churchill is reported to have said: "If I were a Liberal I should be with John Morley." (Gilbert, Volume II, page 30) It was Morley who significantly influenced Churchill's sympathies for the poor, helping build the intellectual and empathetic foundations for Churchill's period as an ardent social reformer. In 1901, Morley recommended to Churchill Seebohm Rowntree's classic study of the poor of the city of York, which Churchill promptly read. Churchill was affected enough to widely cite and proselytize the book: "I call a terrible and shocking thing, people who have only the workhouse or prison as the only avenues to change from their present situation." (9 January 1902 at Blackpool, Gilbert, Volume II, page 30) After Churchill had crossed the floor and joined the Liberal party he continued his close friendship with Morley which faded from political view only in 1914 when Morley - a pacifist - resigned from the Government. This pamphlet is 20 pages in length, string-bound in paper wrappers, and measures 7 15/16 x 5 3/8 inches. Churchill's contribution appears at pages 17-20. The small number of original Churchill speech pamphlets available to collectors from the Pre-WWI decade beginning in 1904 frequently owe their survival to the fact that they were bound in annual compilations by the Liberal Publication Department. Per Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen (Volume II, p.1499), the number "10" hand stamped on the upper right corner of this pamphlet indicates that this pamphlet was disbound from the collected "Pamphlets and Leaflets for 1904". Aside from a slightly rough left edge, the pamphlet is in superlative condition - crisp and bright with no spotting and no wear and the string binding intact. The pamphlet is protected by a burgundy hard case stamped in gilt on the front cover that completely enfolds the pamphlet within. The case is in excellent condition as well, with just slight scuffing to the covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen D8, Woods D(b)25
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