Josephine Butler to HJ Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Asks if she can help in Richmond election by sending Bligh (Agent) to Richmond to work there [see note]. Refers to the strength of the Publicans as a political engine manifested at the Bath election. Has suspicions that Mr Fowler may try to withdraw his Bill before the 21st. Can anything be done about it?

Administrative / Biographical History

Thursday [8 May 1873]

Date: Reference to her suspicion that 'he [Mr Fowler] means to withdraw his Bill before the 21st' - places it early in May 1873 as the Second Reading for Fowler's Repeal Bill was fixed for 21 May 1873. (For history of Fowler's attempts to get Bill passed see [6] Apr 1872)

Asks if it will be of use if she sends 'my soldier Henry Bligh ... to Richmond to work there'. (For note on Richmond election (Polling day 7 Nov 1872) See note in letter from JB to HJ Wilson 16 Oct 1872)

'Richmond Election' must be a mistake on the part of JB

'my soldier, Henry Bligh' - Bligh was only engaged by JB as an Agent in 1873 (See letter of JB 1 Apr 1873) and Richmond Election was held in Nov 1872. Richmond may be a mistake for Bath where an election was held on 27 Jun 1874 Lord de Wilton was elected and another election 8 Oct 1873 when Capt Hayter was returned

(See Rough Record 1873, 27 Jun and 8 Oct)

Biog: Henry Bligh; Mr Fowler MP; Jacob Bright MP; Mundella MP