Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/08/29
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3875
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Dec [1873]
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Asks Miss Priestman to give Mr Hunt a message from her on the subject of the Women's Unions: advises Mr Hunt and the others to accept Mr Simpson's work in Liverpool and work under him there where he permanently raised the wages of the working women by his needlewomen agitation. Thinks it would be wiser not to raise the question of the restrictions on female labour in the Trades Congress this year. Miss Tod also thinks we had better let it alone till we can muster a stronger force.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I cannot be any help to the women's union as I am going from home' - JB and Prof James Stuart carried out a lecturing tour of the North of England in Jan 1874. (See letter (incomplete) from JB to her son George [Jan 1874] with note)

'I have had a long conversation with Mr Simpson' - Mr Simpson was a leader in all working class movements, as here trade unions, but also social, for he was instrumental in starting the Working Mens National League in Liverpool for Repeal of CD Acts in 1875

'He [Julian] will help on the women's unions provided the women do not go against Mr Mundella's Factory Act' - See note letter of 1 Dec [1873] from JB to Mr Edmondson

'The Trades Congress this year' - Trades Union Congress was held yearly at a different tour each year. JB often held a Repeal meeting with their permission

Biog: Mr Simpson, Mr Mundella, Miss Tod, Lucy Wilson