|The Reform League was in effect a successor organisation to the
Chartist movement. Founded in 1865, with the aim of securing 'manhood
suffrage', it was mainly supported by skilled workers who felt they
had earned the right to vote. Over 400 branches were formed, and regular
mass meetings and demonstrations were held in London. The League was
active in creating popular pressure leading to the Second Reform Act.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/7854/29, no. 68 (1867)