Josephine Butler to her husband

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Written from Woolwich. Describes the drive to the Home Office with Prof Newman, the people in the deputation, 50-60, 8 ladies, 14 MPs. Prof. Newman opened the business followed by herself. As soon as the deputation was dismissed the ladies hurried back to the second Conference which lasted three hours. After that she went with Mr Bright and others to address a meeting at Woolwich, where she made an extemporary speech 'which was much cheered'.

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Saturday morning [21 Jul 1871]

Date: 20 Jul 1871 'Rough Record' 20 [Thursday]

'Deputation (nearly 300) take memorial from above conference [held at Westminster Palace Hotel, London on the 19th] to Mr Bruce, the Home Secretary'

From JB's letter: 'yesterday was a very busy day' followed by a description of the interview with Mr Bruce. Date of letter therefore 21 Jul. See her letter which says that she went down to Woolwich that same evening to deliver 'a wholly extempore speech'. The next morning would be Friday though the letter says 'Woolwich, Saturday morning'

Biog: 'Hatty' Meuricoffre; Mr Bright (Jacob); Professor Newman; Mr McLaren; Mr Candlish; Mr Mundella; Mr Fowler; Mr Baines; Mr Bruce; Mr Ruston; Dr C Bell-Taylor; Mr Shaen; Mrs Bright; Mr Pease of Darlington; Mr D Cooper & Mr RS Williams (Union); Mr Baxter Langley