I recently discovered on Google News Archives a treasure trove of information about tax resistance in the British women’s suffrage movement, in the form of what looks like the complete run of The Vote, the newspaper of the Women’s Freedom League.
I’ve found upwards of 175 different mentions of tax resistance in this archive, and I hope to share them here over the next year, assuming I can keep up the pace. They tell the story of a tax resistance campaign that had many facets, met multiple challenges, used a variety of techniques, and can take at least some of the credit for a successful campaign for women’s suffrage.
Today, a short piece from the edition, marking the death of Florence Gardiner Hamilton that contains this note:
I was not present when she took her stand as a Tax Resister from Chestnut Cottage, Wendover, but was told by a countryman that “if ever there was a rebellion in the quiet village of Bucks it was that day”! How reminiscent of those four women who backed John Hampden and resisted the ship money! Their names were writ in letters of ribboned gold tied upon a wreath and placed by their spiritual descendants (Mrs. Hamilton and others) on the great Hampden’s statue in Aylesbury market-place in our day and generation.
For some reason, Google News Archives lists The Vote mistakenly as “The Globe,” so it can be more difficult to find than it should be.