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[loose newspaper clipping]
    SOCIAL DEMOCRATS AND THE
	          KING.
	              
	 AN OPEN LETTER.
	              
 The Executive Council of the Social Demo-
critic Federation have sent a long  open letter 
to the King.  It is to be issued for general dis-
tribution during the present week.  Mean-
while its trend and tone can be judged from the
following passages:  We Social-Democrats are
neither monarchists nor courtiers.  We are work-
ing for a Social-Democratic Republic in which
neither king nor aristocrat nor plutocrat will
have a place.  But we recognise plain facts, and
we should be no more inclined than are the over-
whelming majority of common Englishmen to
depose you in order to set up King Capital, with
his horde of greedy sycophants, as President in
your stead. . . . That you are very popular, Sir,
there is no doubt whatever, and this great and
growing popularity of yours is not wholly un-
earned.  You have kept yourself of a cheerful
countenance through stone-layings innumerable,
and doleful public functions not a few; you have
been all things to all men on the racecourse and
in the cricket field, as well as in politics and
general affairs; you are nowise averse from that
pomp and circumstance which economists de-
nounce and the people love; you have shown
yourself at home in the densest of crowds, and
have displayed in the face of danger the cool
and imperturbable courage of your race.  Last,
not least, you are credited with having thrown
the whole weight of the Crown on the side of a
reasonable peace with the Boers; and you have
exhibited no enthusiasm for a war which has
proved as costly and disastrous in its progress
as it was mean and degrading in its inception.
But, Sir, your responsibilities are only just be-
ginning.  The test of your career has yet to
come.  Always much more influential in public
affairs than is generally known, the head of our
State, as King of England and Emperor of India,
will, in your person, be able to affect the course
of policy to an extent which has never been so 
much as thought of in our time.  The complete
collapse of Liberalism alike as a political creed
and as a political faction; the general indiffer-
ence of the mass of the people to their own
affairs all have together created a general desire
for less talk and more determined and capable
action, no matter from what quarter the change
may come. . . . Standing outside of party, and
proud of the position you occupy as the head of
the greatest Empire in the world, it is for you
to do your share in bringing about a better state
of things.
   Sir, we make no appeal to you, we offer you
no congratulations, we owe you no allegiance.
We content ourselves with pointing out the valu-
able work you might help to do.  As a member 
of the Royal Commission on the Housing of the
People two-and-twenty years ago you cannot
fail to have noticed that the greedy vested in-
terests of landlords, capitalists, and house-
farmers stood right in the way of even partial
reform.  But this problem of better and healthier
dwellings cannot possibly be solved by private 
effort or municipal pottering.  It is true,  so
long as there are poor they will be poorly
housed,  but national agencies might mitigate
the evil.  The same truth applies also to educa-
tion, and it is scarcely creditable, even to the
English Royal Family, that the English should
now be the worst educated of any civilized
nation. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Newspaper clipping of an open letter to the King of England, Edward VII.
Subject:Edward VII, King of Great Britain; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[England]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.