Josephine Butler to Miss Mary [Priestman]

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Written from 419 Wandsworth Road, London SW, (her sister Mrs Thomas' house). She is very busy as the British Committee [see note] has given her much to do, as also their dear American friends [See Note] .Would urge them as well as sending resolutions to the India Office, to send one to Lord Ripon (see note) thanking him for his constant vigilance and action on behalf of our principles in the Crown Colonies.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The British Committee have given me much to do.' When the CD Acts were repealed in 1886 The National Association for Repeal, wound up its affairs, but appointed a Committee affiliated to the International Federation to keep in touch with the developments on the Continent. Soon it found an office was needed and 1 King St became its headquarters. In 1891 Miss Forsaith became Secretary. The work mentioned would be in connection with India and the report of the two American ladies Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew. (See letters of JB to Miss Priestman 21 Mar 1893 and JB to Stanley 17 Apr 1893)

Date: Sunday. The 1st letter addressed from her sister's house is dated 30 Mar; so this may be dated 2 Apr, which was a Sunday.

'it is considered very desirable ... to send one [Resolution] to Lord Ripon (Colonial Office)'

Lord Ripon was Colonial Secretary in Gladstone's 4th Cabinet 1892 and in Lord Rosebery's Cabinet 1894-1895.

Biog: Mr Burfoot; Lord Ripon