Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Thanks him for his work at Darlington (Mrs W persuaded her not to go there herself). Discusses pros and cons of petitioning in view of Fowler's very early introduction of his Bill: 'Memorials to MPs are not quite so public as petitions (which are daily recorded in the Times)'. A word about the agents and should she give Bligh entirely to the LNA and give him his orders. Very glad not to have gone to Darlington because when she got home she found her husband unwell and yet doing everything for the bereaved family (this referred to the death of her brother-in-law, E Garston, married to her sister Mary Ann) 'a helpful and affectionate brother and a neighbour also'. Mr Stansfeld is coming to stay a few days with them, his mind has been very much awakened lately 'on the most serious subjects.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Wednesday

'Darlington'

See note in letter of 8 Oct 1873 JB to Mrs Wilson

'Mr Fowler ... and early introduction of his Bill'

See note in letter of JB to Mrs McLaren 27 May 1871

'Bligh'

See note in letter of JB to Mrs Wilson 8 Oct 1873

'Edgar Garston's death'

Edgar Garston was married to Mary Ann, an older sister of JB born 1821

Biog: Stansfeld, Mr Fowler, H Bligh (Agent), Edgar Garston