Josephine Butler to Mary [Priestman]

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Written from 57 Gordon Square London WC. She meant to have attended the meeting of the WLF on Thursday 1 Jun but was detained at the last moment. Mrs Andrew and Dr Bushnell visited her the night before and assured her that the Carlislists had accepted their Cause [see note]. When she went to Cheltenham recently she found her sister, Mrs Smyttan in a sad way.

Administrative / Biographical History

This sounds like a hotel as it does not seem to be connected with any person with whom she is staying but she says: 'I feel so lonely in this house, the only person in it all this time'. So it is doubtful.

Date: Friday. In her letter of 12 Jun at the same address JB mentions with the dates various meetings recorded in the 'Dawn' of Jul 1893.

24 May - The Annual Meetings of the LNA

2 Jun - The World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WWCTU) held in St James' Hall to protest against State regulated vice in India

1 Jun - The Woman's Liberal Federation at the Holborn Town Hall subject as above.

21 Jun - The British and Continental Federation at Exeter Hall for the abolition of the state regulation of vice, for the purpose of considering the evidence of Mrs Andrew and Dr K Bushnell gained during their recent visit to India. (An account of these meetings is also given in the 'Sentinel' of Jul 1893).

JB says: 'It was a mistake my not being at the LWF on Thursday morning' [1 Jun]

Probable date of this letter therefore Friday 2 Jun.

'Mrs Andrew and Dr K Bushnell came to see me late last night for an hour and told me all about it, and I rejoiced to think that the Carlislists and all had so accepted our Cause'

The Countess was a dedicated Temperance worker as were the whole Howard family. She therefore was very much connected with Lady Henry Somerset and the American Miss Willard. The great meeting in St James' Hall on 2 Jun to protest against state regulated vice in India organised by the WWCTV and presided over by Lady Henry Somerset naturally made JB think that The Temperance Societies wholly supported the Cause and all its principles. Later on she regretted the alliance but at that moment all was sweetness and light between them. (For account of the meeting of WWCTV see 'Dawn' Jul 1893 p 22 and Sentinel Jul 1893 p 80).

'I am going to stay at CS Parsons, 15 Great Queen St, Westminster'

JB's next letter of Jun 7 is addressed from 15 Great Queen St.

Biog: Mrs Amos, Mrs Andrew, Dr Kate Bushnell, Countess of Carlisle, Mrs Smyttan