This fragment of a letter written by Janie Allan around 1913-1914 explains the long-lasting effects of forcible-feeding on her health. Janie Allan was the daughter of Alexander Allan, the owner of the Allan Shipping Line. Her family was known for its socialist principles. She was an active member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Glasgow. In 1912, she was arrested and sentenced to four month's imprisonment in Holloway after taking part in the London window-breaking campaign. While in prison, she went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed for a week. Her papers are in the National Library of Scotland.
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Source: The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928 by Elizabeth Crawford.