Josephine Butler to Miss M Priestman

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/08/57
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3339
  • Dates of Creation
      21 Oct 1874
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Postcard. Written from Liverpool. Thanks her for the little tract a copy of which she has been a seeking all over the country. She sent her speech to the workingman's paper, she wrote from memory of what she had said on G Howell's speech.

Administrative / Biographical History

'and G Howell's speech'

Mr George Howell (Sec of the Trades Council) spoke at the Repeal Meeting held at Bristol, 15 Oct 1874. (See note on this meeting JB to Dear Friends 20 Aug 1874). In it he spoke of the working classes having tried to enact law for the protection of women 'because they are the weaker sex. The whole tendency of modern legislation especially with regard to the Factory and Workshop Acts is with reference to women, protective because they are the weaker sex'. JB was very much against restrictions on women in industry because it penalised women's value in the labour market (See letter of JB to Mr Edmondson 1 Dec 1873). She had expressed these views at the Meeting in an extemporary speech prompted by Mr Howell's remarks and was sending what she remembered of it to the 'workingman's paper'. JB never failed to press for women's rights, as she saw them, in every aspect of life whether - industry, or education or suffrage. (For the speeches made at the Repeal Meeting see 'Shield' Nov 1874 p 210)

'I sent my speech yesterday to the workingman's paper'

This paper had the title of 'The National League Journal' and was the organ of the 'Working Man's National League for the Repeal of the CD Acts', 1st issue Jul 1875. It finished under that title Dec 1881 and was then merged with the 'Sentinel'

Biog: George Howell