Laurence Housman’s Kensington, with Clemence in Dorset
in Vanishing for the vote
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During March 1911, Laurence wrote furiously and travelled fast: he spoke in London, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Scotland, Birmingham, Bristol, Harrow, Chelsea, Ipswich, and finally Trafalgar Square. Meanwhile Clemence had set off for Swanage and her inconspicuous house, prepared to defy the enumerator. Luckily, her letters home to her beloved brother Laurence capture the poignantly experiences of an isolated evader: visited by the enumerator, then by the registrar. ‘He said he had to carry out his duty, and I said ditto ditto’. Back in Kensington, Laurence hospitably offered his home to local evaders ~ and completed his schedule giving information about himself but not for any of the women sheltering overnight. Elsewhere in his part of Kensington the picture was mixed, some suffragettes deciding to comply. And one married suffragette, Eleanor Maund, determined to evade ~ but was seemingly prevented from doing so by her blustering businessman husband.

Vanishing for the vote

Suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census

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