|Source 4A shows part of a private letter
from Margaret to her son Sandy.|
The letter criticises a suffrage demonstration
and suggests women are not putting their home first.
Read the transcript
below, then answer the following questions.
1. Why does the author of this letter want "to weep"?
What is the attitude of the author towards women's suffrage?
Why is this source useful in showing us the views of ordinary people towards the
women's suffrage movement?
21 Streathbourne Rd
9th Oct 1907
My dearest Sandy,
We were all delighted with
your welcome letter & its good news. I was so glad you and Father enjoyed
a little time together in Edinburgh. I am sure Auntie would be very glad to see
you both. Your description of the Suffragists was most realistic & makes one
feel more and more there is something going sadly wrong with our nation. To see
such women parade the streets makes one feel as if they could weep for the degradation
of their sex. The Socialistic movement appals me. I feel there is growing up around
us a force that some day may bring destruction to our nation. I often ask "who
is to blame for all this"? & I think at the bottom it is because as a nation,
we are putting Gold first and God second - pleasure first and duty second - &
it seems to point back very strongly to the fact that when women do not make Home
the first centre of their abilities they put aside the crown that God has given
them - & as a nation's stronghold is its homes, those neglected - woe betide
What a good thing you learned in time not to be taken in again
with 19/gold watches etc!! A walk down Princess Street seeing its tempting shop
windows is very fascinating and refreshing. I know how many ideas we get from
what we see here & what a help it is in working out things. When in Leeds
I went to the School of Art Exhibition & afterwards took Blackburn to see
the same. He was greatly delighted. I would have liked to have taken lessons in
Woodcarving but they did not happen at a time that suited well his other studies.
He seemed much stronger & I hope will keep well so as thoroughly to enjoy
Uncle, Aunt and Blair called out on Sunday afternoon. They
were all most kind and asking for you and Isobel. I was so glad to hear of their
visit. Father came home last night looking wonderfully fresh. He told me how well
he had been received by Mr Lee & all about their nice talk afterwards. I often
feel as if God went before and prepared the way for Father, there have been so
many things to comfort and encourage him.
We were most interested to hear
of the nice present Isobel gave you of a reading lamp -m also of Mr & Mrs
Johnson's " " book. You will be setting up with quite a nice library. The two
vols of Scotts have arrived & look quite tempting. What a good plan to put
on the tie nurse you when you went to Edinbro'. It would please her very much
I will give you the particulars you want in reference to your Father's
Burgess Ticket. "At Glasgow the 27th day of April 1893. These certify that James
Wilson Woollen Manufacturer, Alva having on the above date paid this freedom fine
as son of James Wilson was duly admitted a member of the Incorporation of Bakers,
Glasgow & became entitled to all the rights, liberties and privileges thereof,
& he bound himself to be a faithful member of the said Incorporation &
to obey all the lawful acts made and to be made for the benefit thereof.
William Gardener, Deacon
Robert Izatt, Collector
James Ness, Clerk
These are all the particulars on the Burgess Ticket, only of course
there is on the top the Glasgow Coat of Arms & other two crests or coats.
I will enclose your Birth Certificate & hope these include all the needful
information. Warmest love and very best wishes from us all,
From your loving
Margaret M Wilson