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Suffragettes being sent by express delivery (23 February 1909)

On 23 February 1909, two suffragettes, Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan, posted themselves to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to deliver a message personally to Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. At this time Royal Mail regulations allowed individuals to be ‘posted’ by express messenger, so the two women went to the East Strand Post Office and were placed in the hands of A S Palmer, a telegraph messenger boy, who ‘delivered’ them to Downing Street. On arrival, an official refused to sign for the ‘human letters’ and eventually Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan were returned to the offices of the Women’s Social and Political Union.

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