Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written from [Winchester]. Asks for a grant of £10. Rather than £5. As she had to pay all the expenses in connection with two repeal meetings got up by a small group of working men at Winchester. Have also had expenses connected with a little Hospital [started Feb 1884] which they called the Home of Rest. Mentions a helper Miss Dalton an educated woman who lives in Winchester, and is anxious to help them. Perhaps she could be asked to hold some drawing room meetings.

Administrative / Biographical History

9 Jun [1884] - no year but another letter dealing with repeal meetings of working men dated 11 Jul 1884 so probably this the same year. Also, year given by letter of 11 Jul 1884 of JB to Miss Priestman telling her 'of the meeting here of working men'. 'The two repeal meetings here were earnestly desired by a small group of working men here.' JB was always very sympathetic towards a separate organisation of working men, regarding it as a spontaneous movement which would be harmed by incorporation in local societies. 'I would not ask it [grant of £10] were it not that we have hard work here with our little hospital and much expense.' (For Note on this hospital see letter of 8 May [1884] JB to Mrs Ford) Biog: Miss Bewicke; Miss Dalton; Mrs Lance.