Josephine Butler to Mrs Spence Watson

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Written from Ewart Park, Wooler, Northumberland. No year but reference to International Congress at Brussels which was held on 15-17 Jul 1897.

Is obliged to refuse request to speak at their Newcastle meeting as she cannot now speak in a large hall. Would like to stay with them on the way back from Scotland, to which she goes on 27 Jun and would they like to arrange a drawing room meeting for 2 Jul. The LNA Meeting (Annual) to be held in London on the 9th and then on to Brussels for the International Conference. She feels 'not very fit for all this' but if it kills her 'it is a good fight to be killed in'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Could you ... arrange just a drawing room meeting that day [2 Jul]. This I can accomplish'

The meeting was duly held on the afternoon of 2 Jul at Benshan Grove, Gateshead (the home of Mr and Mrs Watson).

'Mrs JE Butler spoke a strong condemnation of any form of State Regulation, and it was agreed ... to send a memorial to Lord Salisbury from the meeting protesting against any such legislation [proposals with reference to CD Acts in India]

(See the 'Shield' Jul 1897 p 31)

Biog: Mrs Spence Watson, Mrs Richardson of Newcastle