Mr Stansfeld to Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

Written from Stoke Lodge. Reports on various people connected with the work: 'not sanguine' about George Trevelyan. He rather fears getting Manning because of strong Protestant feeling against him; better leave him till we get some hold on the Church of England. Harcourt Johnstone ought to help us there. What about the Bishops; Banks reports Salisbury, Lichfield and Exeter as sound. Have made list of following MPs and ex MPs as possible speakers. Thinks W Rathbone might be persuaded to speak at Liverpool. He is for 'the same law for women as for men'. Hopes to be 'the best abused man in England within another 12 months.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Emilie and I looked through Vacher to-day' '

Vacher' - annual directory of MPs. Emilie was a daughter of William Henry Ashurst and therefore a sister in law of James Stansfeld who married Caroline, another daughter of WH Ashurst. Sydney Hawkes a partner with Stansfeld in a Brewery in Fulham married Emilie in 1844 and was divorced in 1861. In 1871 she became Ed of the 'Shield' (the intervening years she spent in Italy where she married and then in 1871 returned to England where she was known as Madame Venturi)

'If he [Mundella] had not made himself difficult he would not be a bad man'

HJ Wilson had tried several times to get Mundella to speak at Repeal meetings but in reply he had always said that he preferred to confine his speaking on their subject to the House (See letters of AJ Mundella to HJ Wilson 20 Nov 1872 to 23 Nov 1872)

'I have accepted for Scarborough for 20 Nov'

This meeting took place on Friday 20 Nov the Chair being taken by Sir Harcourt Johnstone who opened proceedings with a speech. James Stansfeld spoke next. It was announced that JB was to be present but she was prevented by illness from attending (Full account of meeting in the 'Shield' 1 Dec 1874 pp 261-7)

Biog: H Bligh; Spurgeon; George Trevelyan; Purshon; Manning; Harcourt Johnstone; Tait (abp); Dr Bell Taylor; Barton Dell; Frazer (bp of Manchester); The Mundellas; Mme Emilie Venturi (née Ashurst);

Stansfeld lists the following MPs as possible speakers: Jacob Bright; Alfred Illingworth; Allen (N C under Lyme); Joseph Cowan; Thomas Burt; Sir R Anstruther; Alexander Brown; Brand; Alderman Carter of Leeds; Hall (of Oxford); Sir H Havelock; J Holmes (Hackney); Lefevis; W McArthur; S Morley; Henry Richard (Bradford); Abel Smith; PA Taylor; Cowper; G Trevelyan; Whitwell Wilson (Kendal); W Rathbone