Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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Written from Winchester. Mentions alterations in the Annual Report agreed at their Committee. 'I fear our Women's Suffrage Meeting on Tuesday was not very hopeful. It would seem from Gladstone's letter that he considers the War [presumably refers to war in the Sudan with the murder of Gordon 26 Jan 1885] makes every private Bill impossible even if brought in by himself.

Administrative / Biographical History

26 Feb [1885]

'It would seem from Gladstone's letter that he considers the war makes every private Bill impossible.' This refers to the war in the Sudan. General Gordon had been sent out at the beginning of the 1884 with instructions to evacuate the inland Egyptian garrisons in the Sudan centred on Khartoum. Gordon went to Khartoum, was cut off there by the Mahdists and on 26 Jan 1885 the place was stormed and Gordon murdered. Gordon was not avenged then; the British forces withdrew behind the Wady Halfa frontier and 'the Sudan commitment was promptly liquidated'. Suakim on the Red Sea was retained. Trouble with Russia had blown up on the Afghan-Turcoman Frontier in Mar which enforced the wisdom of the withdrawal in the Sudan. Biog: Miss Tod; Y Guyot; Herbert Spencer; Mme Klerck; Mrs Budgett; WE Gladstone.