Josephine Butler to her friends the Priestmans

Scope and Content

Fragment of letter. About the Manifesto drawn up by Mme Venturi. Nothing against the principle expressed by Mme Venturi but her 'high faluting style' was impossible and would have excited laughter. So she was obliged to re-write it and send the revised version to the printer. Suggests the Committee send special thanks to Mr Stansfeld and Fowler and Hopwood.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [Apr 28 1883]. Date: In her letter of Apr 23 JB says: 'Will you please at once summon a Committee to consider a draft of such a Manifesto which I will send you ... You might call the Committee for Monday.' Then in this letter of Saturday she says: '... it is possible that the Manifesto may not reach you by Monday.' Date therefore of this letter would be Apr. 28. [Speaking of 1st draft of Mme Venturi's Manifesto] 'I could not endorse the style. It was the wildest Mazzinian 'high faluting style''. For instance of Mazzini on Mme Venturi and her family. See biography, under Venturi and Ashurst family. Biog: Mme Venturi; Mr Stansfeld; Mr Fowler; Mr Hopwood.