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a syndicate of eight papers, including among others the N^uras//^ Chronicle,
the Liverpool Mercury, South Wales Daily News, the Dundee Advertiser, and
the Aberdeen Free Press. He investigated the condition of "ranching" on
the Great Plains and of mining in the Rocky Mountains, and his " letters
from the Far West " attracted much attention from their practical cha-
racter and vigorous setting.

In Boston, Washington, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, and other cities,
Davidson was received with the utmost consideration by the leading
statesmen and literary men of the Republic, was honourably entertained
at the White House by President Hayes, and declares that if he were not
a Scotsman he would elect to be an American citizen. On his return to
England he was made London correspondent of the Boston Advertiser
which reflected the high culture of Harvard University.

At the general election of 1880 Davidson accompanied the late lamented
Ashton Dilke to Newcastle as his political adviser, and materially con
tributed to his return.

He took a leading part in the agitation that resulted in the defeat of
the attempt to desecrate Westminster Abbey by placing in it a statue to
the Prince Imperial, and was appointed, along with Karl Blind and
William Morris, to draw up a declaration on the subject to the French
Government and people.

Along with Mr. Seymour Keay, Sam Storey, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, and
the late Henry Richard, he started the agitation against the Egyptian
War, visiting Birmingham, Edinburgh, and other towns, to arouse public
feeling against it. He corrected the proof sheets of Keay's famous
"Spoiling the Egyptians." and was his " agent in advance " in the Moray
and Nairn election.

He belped to get up the first anti-coercion of Ireland meeting in Hyde
Park, and presided on one of the platforms, ^where be introduced Justin
McCarthy, father and sod, to an immense crowd.

He was hon. secretary of the '• People's League for the Abolition of the
House of Lords," and wrote for it in Rtynoldi' newspaper the "Book of
Lords' " (Resves, Fleet Street), which is the text book on the institution.

To that great organ of democracy he likewise contributed " The New
Book of Kings." " The Book of Erin." " Scotia Rediviva," etc., and for
several years the grim front page leader was his.

To the Weekly Dispatch he contributed " Eminent Radicals in Parlisk-
ment." 'Eminent Radicals out of Parliament," "Apostles of Democracy,"
etc., and in the Week'y Ttmes and Echo, his most successful volumes " The
Old Order and the New," "The Gospel of the Poor." and " The Villagers'
Magna Charta," the last being an exceedingly racy and useful exposition
of the Pari^ Councils Act, 1S94, appeaped.

He has also published " Politics for the People," first series, and hopes
to complete before long "The Annals of Toil," which a severe illness
arrested, to the regret of so many, when half finished in the pages of Ths
Labour World. It will deal exhaustively with the History of Toil in tho
Roman Empire and in Britain.

In 1885 Davidson contested the burgh of Greenock on five minutes'
notice at the instance of "The Scottish Land Restoration League," and
though, of course, defeated, made a very favourable impression. A youth
from Glasgow and a law student from the Temple composed his com-
mittee! In six days, however, Davidson managed to deliver nine ex-
haustive speeches, and to bring out an unique newspaper, The Greenock
Fieiy Cioss. He stood in the Republican, Home Rule (Federal), and
Collectivist interest, and if he had had six weeks instead of six days to
" educate " the electors, it is not improbable that he might have been
returned in spite of the defection oi the large Irish vote, which then went

But Davidson is by nature a pioneer, and has no ambition to figure in
Parliament, and thinks such men as he can at least do as much good work
outside as in. Though comparatively yoang, he is the doytn of th«
Democratic press of Britain, and that ought to be distinction enough for
anyone in these days of social upheaval, when even "semi-regal" Har-
court says, " We are all Socialists now."

For about a year he edited the Democrat, the recognised organ of Land
Restoration, and in its pages and those of Reynolds' he castigated Mr.
Gladstone's Irish Home Rule and Land Bills with merciless severity.
He was the fijst advocate of " Home Rule all round" (Federalism), and
the first to fall foul of Henry George's defence of interest or usury. He
is a foe of partizanship and naively defines his own position as that of an
" Opportunist-Liberal-Republican-Communist- Anarchist Christian,"

It will be seen that Davidson has crowded a great deal of work into his
life so far as it has gone. He is by no means spent yet, and I look for-
ward to many years of pleasant intercourse with the Grand Old Man of

(From the Daily Chiunicle).



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Writing to Mr. Morrison Davidson, under date Aug. 23rd, 1894,
Count Leo Tolstoy says: —

Dear Sik, — I got your two books, and thank you heartily for them.
It is the greatest joy of my life to know persons such as you, and to see
that the ideas which I live for are likewise the mainspring of life unto
others, and are expressed in such heaiitiful and vigorous style as I had
occasion to notice in your two bfioks.

Both your books are remarkably good, and I cannot give the preference
to either of them In " The Okl Order and the New " the Christian truth
serves to corroborate the truth of the Socialistic tendencies; whereas in
"The Gospel of the Poor" it is the Socialistic, Communistic, and Anar-
chistic theories that serve to corroborate the Christian truth, which
occupies the most prominent part.

Though, while there is a censorship in Russia, the publishing of these
books is out of the question, yet I shall get some of my friends to trans-
late them, and will then spread them.

The enemies of the Kingdom of God have but one means left them : it
is to hush up the truth and make believe they neither hear nor comprehend
it — the fact of which was so strikingly acknowledged by the French when
they prohibited to publish the processes (pleadings) of the .Anarchists.

It follows then the chief struggle which lies before a labourer of the
Kingdom of God is to frustrate this plot of non-believing and non-hearing
of what is seen and heard ot all.

I therefore wish you, as a strong and active labourer, the greatest
amount of spiritual energy and entire success in it. Yours truly.

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" Mr. Morrison Davidson's little book is easy to review, for all criticism
may be tersely e.\presst;d in the one word — excellent. But to this may be
added the equally terse advice — get it. Very often we are asked by our
readers for advice as to the workmg of the Parish Councils Act In future
we hope all our readers and all the newly enfranchised ' Sons of the Soil '
will provide themselves with copies of this masterly exposition by Mr.
Morrison Davidson." — Robert Blatchford (" Nunquam") in Clarion.

" As the product of a man who is at once a skilled lawyer, an agitator,
and a practical politician, the book is unique, and should at once find its
way into e\ery village in the Kingdom." — Morning Leadtr.

"The number of explanatory guides to the new Parish Councils Act is
legion, ranging from brief summaries at twopence to elaborate volumes at
7s. 6d. We are disposed to think that the most lucid and useful of the
whole lot is this vigorous little treatise, price sixpence, by Mr. Morrison
Davidson." — The Manchester City News.

"Altogether, it is the mon Hvely and the most interesting expositijn of
in Act of Parliament that I have ever read." — London Correspondent Brad-
ford Observer.

" The Parson, the Lawyer, and the Landlord, whom the writer designates
an ' Unholy Trinity,' come in for an unpleasant quarter-of-an-hour at the
hands of this able social reformer. The Book should be read by every
villager." — Bedford City Record.

" This Sixpenny guide to the Parish Councils Act has been written by
a lawyer for the people. The lawyer is that redoubtable democrat and
able journalist, Mr. Morrison Davidson, who is an advocate as well as an
expositor. The booklet is written in his trenchant style and as campaign
literature for aggressive reformers in the country cannot be excelled." —

" Mr. Morrison Davidson extols the Parish Meeting, which every
elector can attend, at the expense of the Parish Council, where he may
have 'only the five-hundredth part of a talker.' He proposes to extend
the system of personal cognisance until the afifairs of District, County
and Nation have all been subjected to ' the Initiattv* of the smallest
practicable minority of the people, and the obligatory Referendum of the
whole adult population within the area affected.' Think of a Radical
denouncing the Representative System ! That is what Mr. Davidson
dois,"~ London Cor. Aberdeen Free Press.

" Mr. Morrison Davidson has provided the Villager with a popular
diiiest of the Parish Councils Act, interspersed with those pungent and
biting phrases and happy quotations which are characteristic of his style.
His excellent booklet should be widely distributed all over the villages of
England." — The Daily Chronicle.

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'In this exposition of ultra-Democratic and Socialistic views, Mr.
Morrison Davidson displays a fine impartiality. He has as lofty a con-
tempt for the ' Liberals ' as for the ' Tories ' and indicates both to his
,, Fellow-Democrats ' as 'equally your enemies wherx in office.' Mr.
Morrison Davidson is ' thorough.' He has the courage of his convictions
and expresses himself with force and lucidity." — Glasgow Herald.

" Speakers and debaters will find much in this volume which cannot fail
to be of much use to them. Above all the book is sound, and the con-
scientious Social-Democrat may leave it about the house without fear." —

,,When a presumably rational being can be found to stigmatise as the
Dangerous Classes ' of Society ' I^rinces, Peers, Parsons, Publicans and
Landlords,' it would seem that folly could no further go. The most
damaging criticism that could be applied to his work would be to quote it
inextenso : and this, out of regard for his feelings we refrain from doing."
— The Colonies and India.

" Mr. Morrison Davidson's ' Politics for the People' (First Series) will
be found pleasanter read in'.,' for Conservatives than their opponents. But
Mr. Davidson is a comj re i' nsive politician and even sensitive Liberals
may tmd points of sympathy and agreement in this collection. He is
animated by a fulness of faith and hope which puts sceptisra on his reader's
part to shame." — The British Weekly.

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