Copy of a letter from Joseph Chamberlain (Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham) to Charles Crisp [second Conservative candidate for Oldham, Lancashire]. He states that under present circumstances he could not fully reply to him, as it was impossible for him to comply with Crisp's request at that time, or to take any actions which would divide the Unionist Party even further. Something further might happen, but Chamberlain would wait for new developments. In the circumstances, he informs Crisp that he would not trouble him to come to Birmingham, as Chamberlain could not say anything else or alter his present attitude. He adds that he considered all cases [? of local candidatures] of the kind that had arisen in Croydon [Surrey] as being entirely for the decision of the local party. Typescript.