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CORRESPONDENCE i I NO-CONSCRIPTION FELLOWSHIP. I TO THE EDITOR. I Dear Sir,—Four years ago we announced our intention to resist Conscription. We considered that to be our form of service in time of war, and we have never drawn back from that deci- sion. Some of us resisted because we believed the method of war was wrong, others because we held that Conscription was an unlawful exercise of state power and would be a betrayal of the free traditions of our country. All of us hoped that we might prove willing to sacrifice as much in the cause of the world's peace as our fellows were sacrificing in the cause of the nation's war. We have followed many different lines of policy, but all of us—members of the Noji-C-ortt- batant Corps, those who undertook work of na- tional importance, Home Office men and Absolu- ti,t,s-liave done what we could to prove the sin- cerity of our opinions and give'evidence of our citizenship. We are now united by the test of suffering. We have always asserted that our resistance to the Military Service Acts was but an incident in a life of service to the community, but it could not be expected that attention would be paid to our statements when nations were blinded by the agony of war. To-day it is differ- ent. and we shall fall short of our ideal if, for any reason, now that we are free men, we do not attempt to make clear to the world the meaning of the faith for which we have suffered. It is not for us to estimate the greatness of our achievement. We are proud that we had the chance of remaining loyal to our belief in liberty and goodw ill amongst the peoples of all nations, but we dare not rest content with what we have done. Many of us feel that, now the struggle is over, we must return to other organisations to which we owe allegiance, and carry on our work through their agency; others, to whom the Fel- lowship has given a new hope of social service, desire to continue its work. Whatever may l>c our plans for the future, we owe it to each other and to the community we wish to serve ?t,)jat we .should re-unit? in this dosing scene of our struggle. This will take the form of a National Conven- tion in London on November 29th and 30th. Clifford Allen will again preside and many dis- tinguished men and women;, who have taken part in the struggle for peace and liberty during the war, will speak at its different sessions. Amongst those who have already consented are: Rev. Dr. John Clifford, G. D. H. Cole, George Lansbury, J. Ramsay Macdonald, Rev. Dr, F. B. Meyer, Lord Parmoor, Hon. Bertrand Russell, Robert Smillie, Philip Snowden, Mrs. H. M. Sw anwick.. Many others have been in- vited, and w e hope to have representatives from other countries. There have been few organisations with a history such as ours, that has combined so much of adventure, joy and suffering. May we, who have been its officers, appeal to all who have at any time been associated with the Fellowship not to keep apart from each other, but to com- municate at once either with their Branches or with Ernest E. Hunter, secretary, at 5 York Buildings, Adelphi, W.C.2., who will forward all information as to the Convention. CLIFFORD ALLEN, Chairman. BERTRAXD RFSSKLL, Ex-Acting Chairmal1 ALFRED SALTER, Acting Chairman. EDWARD GRF BB, Hon. Treasurer. A. FENNER BROCKWAY, Hon. Secretary. CATHERINE E. MARSHALL, Ex-Actitig Hon. Secretary. 5 York Buildings, Adelphi, Lohdon W.C.2., September 25th, 1919.

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