CHARLOTTE DESPARD d1939. Anglo-Irish suffragist, socialist, pacifist, Sinn Fein activist, vegetarian and novelist born Charlotte French in 1844. She was a founding member of the Womens Freedom League / Womens Peace Crusade / Irish Womens Franchise League and an activist in a wide range of political organizations over the course of her life. These included among others ; the Womans Social and Political Union / Labour Party / Cumann na Mban and the communist Party of Great Britain. She published seven novels the first being Chaste as Ice, Pure as Snow. Following her husband's death when she was 46, she was encouraged by friends to take up charitable work. She was shocked and radicalised by the levels of poverty in London and devoted her time and money to helping poor people in Battersea. She lived above one of her welfare shops in one of poorest areas of Nine Elms during the week and converted to Roman Catholicism. She died in Dublin aged 95 on November 10th 1939.
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An original vintage circa 1930s autograph book page, clearly signed in ink by Charlotte Despard
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