Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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Written from 8 North View, Wimbledon (George, her son's house)

Regrets she cannot be present at the Stansfeld presentation, but after much difficulty and correspondence over the past year (see letter of 1 Oct 1894 Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman) it has been arranged for her to go to Mr Watts' house from 10 to 17 Oct so that he may paint her portrait.

'I am giving a brief Report of the Ladies' National Association Committee in the 'Dawn' which was held at Colmar'

(See the 'Dawn' Oct 1895 p 26)

She would like some address to be made to Mr Stansfeld from the Ladies' National Association.

'Since the Conference [at Colmar] and my dear sister's death [Mrs Smyttan] and my hurried journey home, I have not been well.'

'Many thanks for your loving sympathy about dear Mrs Smyttan'

This took place at the end of Sep 1895 when Josephine was staying with her sister Mrs Meuricoffre (see letter of 2 Oct 1895 Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman)

'I have nearly broken down over the double number of the 'Dawn'

This contained the Report of the Colmar Conference held on 17-21 Sep 1895. Josephine Butler was nervous how the Germans would react but in the end, thanks in part to the tactful and friendly Mayor of Colmar, M Schlumberger, everything went well.

(Report in 'Dawn' Oct 1895 pp 1-23).

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Eva McLaren, Mrs Smyttan, GF Watts, Mr Stansfeld