E. Belfort Bax

Contemptible Methods

(21 August 1909)

Contemptible Methods, Justice, 21st August 1909, p.14. (letter)
Transcribed by Ted Crawford.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

DEAR COMRADE, – According to the official report of the S.D.P. Conference at Bristol, Mr Herbert Burrows characterised my “methods” of opposing female suffrage as “contemptible.” Coming from the source it did, this remark as originally made might not have been worth noticing: but, having been reproduced in the report in question, I feel called upon to demand of Mr. Burrows either a justification or a withdrawal.

What he means I am at a loss to understand, save that my arguments and facts have proved extremely inconvenient to the class of feminist propaganda with which he has identified himself. Or are my “methods” deemed “contemptible” because I have not followed the “methods” of some Feminists that I know, and resorted to unscrupulous lying in order to deceive a public ignorant of the law, and unversed in the way it is administered? If so, I can only plead that I not made that way, and, moreover, that the cause I champion has no need of such heroic methods as these. It only requires a plain statement of the truth.


E. Belfort Bax


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