Josephine Butler to Miss Mary [Priestman] and Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written at Balham, London. Dated 27 Jun, no year, but reference to International Federation Conference which was held in London in Jul 1894.

'I send you a translation of the horrible thing we have to oppose in our discussion of Friday morning, 13th'

(See letters of 20 and 26 Apr from Josephine Butler on this subject).

Has to give up the idea of a woman's meeting on the Thursday evening, because one evening must be kept for the two American ladies [Bushnell and Andrews] who must be given a good time to relate their exploits. They know nothing about Federation work except about India and the Colonies and come marching in at the last moment expecting to be heard. 'I therefore have suggested to Mr W McLaren and the Indian Committee that they should arrange a meeting especially for the American ladies for Thursday evening in St Martin's Hall'.

In the end a public meeting, under the auspices of the Ladies' National Association, was arranged for the evening of Friday 13 Jul, the closing evening of the Conference. The Chairman was James Stansfeld. After a few speeches, he presented testimonials to Mrs Andrew and Dr Kate Bushnell in recognition of their work in India on behalf of the Federation. Both ladies acknowledged the testimonial in a short speech. (See 'Dawn' Aug 1894 pp 29-32)

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Mrs Andrew, Dr Bushnell, Mr Stansfeld, Mr WSB McLaren, Mr Lynn, M Minod, Lady Henry Somerset