Josephine Butler to Miss Mary [Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Balham. No year but see letter of 18 Jan 1895 from Ewart where she speaks of returning to Balham 'Next Monday'

Describes her experience of travelling from the North in snow and bitter wind. Very busy for the next ten days with producing an issue of 'Dawn' and writing many letters; finds 'the thin walls of my jerry-built house don't keep out the cold at all'.

'I am anxious to see the two American ladies [Bushnell and Andrew] - they are now deeply exercised about their future work'. They had now decided to work for the Abolitionist cause rather than in the opium crusade but they were dependent on funds from Lady Henry Somerset. Hence their troubled minds.

Administrative / Biographical History

After work in India in the cantonments in winter of 1891-1892, the American ladies returned to England and considered their report on their work to the Departmental Committee of 1893. Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew returned to America but came over in 1894 to attend the International Conference of the Federation held in Jul in London.

Biog: M Minod, Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Lady Henry Somerset, Mrs Tennant (Curate's wife)