An das Parlamentsmitglied Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Lord Norton (1814-1905), „Vice-President of the Committee of the Council on Education“, in Birmingham: „Dear Sir | Your letter has met me here after some delay, in consequence of my absence from home. I regret to say that my other & unavoidable engagements will prevent me from attending the Birmingham meeting on the 20th. – But my heart is thoroughy in the business […] If my humble aid can at any time be of service it shall be forthcoming both written & out of the House [of Commons]. – I am engaged to attend an educational Conference in Manchester on the 18th January. – They are kinder objects; – for what better name could be given to […] schools for the children of the whole people […] I heard you offer some excellent remarks upon ‚Secular Education‘ in the House. – Are there not signs that the question can no longer be delayed with safety? – Believe me, with sincere thanks for your kind offer of hospitality, yours […]“ – Cobden war Unternehmer und die führende Figur des Manchesterliberalismus und der Freihandelsbewegung. – Selten.