Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Says she will write to Mrs Campbell a letter of dismissal and say that the Majority decided to dispense with paid agency. Sorry to see Miss Bewicke's nervous state last Friday; thinks she suffers from hysteria. Wishes her friend could have helper like her Miss Humbert 'for the work increases and will increase more and more'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday [27 Jun 1887] Date: no date but deals with Mrs Campbell's conduct again which is the subject of a letter dated 22 Jun 1887 from JB to Miss Priestman, probably about a week later]. 'I will write to Mrs Campbell ... as kindly as possible.' This letter follows on the one of 22 Jun in which JB wrote to Miss Priestman complaining of Mrs Campbell's abusive letters and asking for advice. The LNA Committee had then obviously advised dismissal. So date would be either Monday 27 Jun or Monday 4 Jul. 'I have sent Mr Banks all the gentlemen's names for the St James' Hall meeting.' 'I am also expecting from you the list of newly proposed Lady Speakers for Exeter Hall.' The Annual Meeting of the LNA was held that year on Thursday Jul 28 at Exeter Hall. There was a morning meeting for business, ladies only and a public meeting in the afternoon at which JB presided. (For further details see the 'Sentinel' Aug 1887 p.98 and 108) [Letter of Monday [27 Jun 1887] 'I did feel so sorry to see Miss Bewicke's nervous state on Friday. I think she suffers from hysteria.' Miss Bewicke had long been a trial to her fellow workers. (See letters of 11 May and 2 Jun 1886 written just before the Federation Congress held in London that year) Biog: Mrs Campbell; Mrs Steward; Sir John Pope Hennessey; Mrs Walsham Howe; Mrs Fowler; Miss Bewicke; Sir George Bowen.