Josephine Butler to Miss Mary Priestman

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Written from Wimbledon. Tells her that she has resigned her membership of the Committee of the WLF [Women's Liberal Federation] on the grounds that she can no longer support a party, which denies women the suffrage. She herself is still very weak [See note] but is improving. Little Josephine is 'never off her back. I long to go back to her.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Date: In this letter JB says: 'I have been tolerably ill and quite alone, except a kind Scotch servant ... but I am improving'

It follows on therefore to letter of ?May 1 when she explains what a trouble she is in having been put in charge of little Josephine in the nursing home in Queen Anne St and then broke down herself with a bad cold and fever. She goes on 'I long to get back to her' and 'she is wonderfully sweet and patient through never off her hack' which means that it was in the early acute stage.

(See Note letter of 1 May)

Date therefore probably 21May

Mrs Thomas

Sister of JB - At this time married to her 3rd husband Mr FW Thomas. Her own family by Jasper Bolton were away from the home but there was a family of her 3rd husband who lived with her at this period.

Biog: 'Little Josephine'; Mrs Thomas