Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester (dictated). Gives details about 'the Sunday morning meetings'. Miss Bewicke has gone abroad, and JB hopes she will not return till the eve of the Congress. She has told Miss Bewicke and her Committee 'that it is the Central Committee of the LNA that I wish to put in charge during the Congress and not the London Committee'

Administrative / Biographical History

2 Jun 1886. 'You will see I have worded it [announcement about the Sunday meeting] so carefully that even Yves Guyot himself would fail to find that these religious meetings have any direct connection with the Federation.' Yves Guyot sent his resignation from the Federation to M de Lavaleye President of the Federation and it was read at the Antwerp Conference, Sep 1885. The reason he gave was that the Federation had not kept to neutrality in religious matters. (The letter taken from the 'Bulletin Continentale' in which it was published was (translated) in the Shield of 9 Jan 1886 p 3). 'Miss Bewicke has gone abroad for 3 weeks, quite broken down.' (See letter of [11 May 1886] JB to Miss Priestman) Biog: Yves Guyot; Mr Lynn; Miss Bewicke; Mrs Bunting.