JOSEPH HUME Autograph Letter.
British (Scottish) radical politician and reformer.
AL. 1p. Bryanstone Square. June 12th 1852. To Mr. Tolme.
"Mr Hume presents compliments to Mr Tolme and thanks him for the letter of the 10th inst. Mr Hume will be very glad to see the Bavarian Consul from Havana upon the subject of the Slave Trade in Cuba if he can favour Mr Hume with a call on Wednesday morning at half past ten."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Docketed on verso of integral blank leaf. Mounting traces and slight mounting damage to verso of integral blank leaf. All else near fine.
Joseph Hume was considered too radical for high political office but throughout his career he was a thorn to the elected administration and did much to improve the situation of ordinary working people. He opposed anti-trade union laws, prohibitions against the export of machinery and laws that prevented workmen going abroad and which restricted the free movement of labour. He was a campaigner against flogging in the army and imprisonment for debt. Outside parliament, Joseph Hume established schools for the children of the poor and helped with the setting up of savings banks for working people. He was an agitator for financial reform of parliament, reform of income tax and the introduction of household suffrage. He vied with Richard Cobden and John Bright for the leadership of the radicals in the House of Commons but his typically maverick style often caused him to offend radical sensibilities. Joseph Hume was chairman of the Select Committee that considered the question of the Spanish slave trade to Cuba and how this impacted upon British and American interests in the West Indies.