Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

She asks her to use Mr Stansfeld's words [quoted in the letter] to form the latter part of the circular, which she sent to her for printing. Mr Stansfeld warns them to be on their guard, as he has some reason to doubt the Bills proving satisfactory [See Note]. Mr George Russell's answer to him in the House should be quoted (press cutting enclosed)

Administrative / Biographical History

[Date: The newspaper cutting stuck on the letter quotes the following telegram received from the Government of India:

'31 Oct 1893. Your telegram 29 Sep; cantonments. We are sending by this mail drafts of three Bills and of regulations to show how effect might be given to intentions of majority report ...'

This gives the date of the letter as early in Nov, just after the telegram received, but before the Bills had come by mail.

This also explains Mr Stansfeld's remark quoted in JB's letter:

'I have some reason to doubt their [The Bills] proving satisfactory' [and he cautions the repealers throughout the country] 'against over confidence' See also letter addressed by JB to 'friends throughout the country' early in this month in which she tells them of the 3 Bills on their way home from India, and what action they should take.

Biog: Mr J Stansfeld, Mr George Russell