Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from 280 South Hill, Liverpool. She feels 'so miserable and angry about the Commission' [It first met in Dec 1870 and JB was called to give evidence on 18 Mar 1871]. Asks her friend if she would get the ladies of her Committee to work collecting names for the great Petition asking for Repeal [This was finally presented at the House on 4 Apr 1871]

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Commission' - Royal Commission to enquire into the workings of the CD Acts. See note letter of 5 Nov 1870 JB to HJ Wilson

'The Monster petition' - A Petition for Repeal signed by women only. Was finally presented at the House on 4 Apr 1871

Biog: Miss Estlin; Mrs McLaren