Item 30 - Letter from A.V. Dicey to Nora Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/103/30

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Letter from A.V. Dicey to Nora Sidgwick

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  • 12 Mar 1903 (Creation)

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Encloses a note written by Henry Sidgwick relating to a lecture of Dicey's 'on Party Government', which he also encloses [neither included]. Would like to have the note back, as it is the only piece of Henry's handwriting which he possesses. Refers to the election at Woolwich as 'a very formidable sign of the times', but claims not to care for it very much as a Unionist defeat. Believes that collectivism is becoming stronger and stronger, and that if every one who 'looked with suspicion on Collectivist or Socialist ideas were likely to oppose them...perhaps some good might...be done by a movement which at any rate brings into view the wants, wishes and even the delusions of the wage earning classes.' Remarks that the idea that the opposition ought to support the Government on matters where their principles coincide has died out....' Refers to 'Mr Crooks's triumph', and the destruction, as he sees it, of 'Individualistic Liberalism'. Predicts that the moderate Liberals will vanish in England 'as they have done in Belgium'. Also encloses a note on Allen vs. Flood [not included].

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