Josephine Butler and George Butler to 'Mrs Tanner and other kind friends'

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Photocopy of a letter. Written from Liverpool. Dated circa 1st week of Oct 1876. To thank them for their great kindness in presenting her 'with the ottoman worked by Mrs Harriet Martineau and presented by her to the Ladies' National Association'.

'Thanking you for your great kindness in presenting me with the ottoman worked by Mrs Harriet Martineau and presented by her to the Ladies' National Association'. In letter dated 11 Jul of Josephine Butler to Mrs McLaren, Butler suggested the sale of the ottoman to raise money for the Ladies' National Association. The ladies of the Ladies' National Association raised a sum of £156-7-6, which was given to the Society and then the ottoman was presented to the Butlers. 'Miss Jane Martineau who lives now with her brother at Birmingham'. This would be Mr RF Martineau, a nephew of Harriet Martineau, who was a keen worker for the Cause especially through the M.E. Union and the Northern Counties League. Harriet Martineau and her contributions with her pen to the Repeal Society (See Note 31 [Dec] [1869] Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford). Date: In letter of 8 Oct [1876] Josephine Butler says 'I have been on the Continent three months, and have been only a fortnight at home'. Date of this letter therefore not likely to be before the first week of Oct 1876. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), writer and feminist, first made her name by writing a series of stories to illustrate Political Economy. She supported Josephine Butler in her struggle against state regulation of prostitution and had 4 letters printed in the 'Daily News' 29-31 Dec 1869 on this question. See letter from JB to Mrs Ford 31 Dec 1869 urging her to procure copies of these 4 issues of the 'Daily News'; and make everybody read them.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Harriet Martineau; RF Martineau; Miss Jane Martineau.