Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland].

To say that Mrs Tanner, hearing of her trouble of bad sight [See Note] has written suggesting that the LNA should make her a grant for secretarial help. If this happened the Committee would like some assurance that it would be kept for purely abolitionist work (certain people are much afraid of my 'religious writings').

She encloses a copy of a letter from the Roman Catholic Primate of Ireland Archbishop of Logue. There was a time when the 'wholesale and hearty adhesion of all the Irish RC Bishops' would have been welcomed, but the feeling is so strong at the moment against Catholics that the Committee will not like to have this in 'The Shield'. Her brother knows and likes the Archbishop and they have similar schemes for aboriculture in Ireland.

About the suggested grant she will first find out whether the London Committee will offer a bit. Mr Stuart says he will come to see her some time: it would be better after Christmas.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday [?6 Dec 1897]

'hearing of my trouble of bad sight'

In a letter of 21 Feb 1897 (JB to Miss Forsaith from Brussels) she says 'Since my illness last Nov I had much weakness of the eyes and my sight is bad'

JB was unable because of illness to attend the Birmingham meetings of Nov 1896 a gathering of old workers to the LNA and Miss Priestman wrote her a vivid account of the gathering. The Assembly had sent her a telegram which was 'passed in the silence of prayer and of thanksgiving to God who has spared you so long to us' (See copy of letter from Miss Mary Priestman to JB Nov 15 1896)

Biog: Archbishop Logue (RC Primate of Ireland) Charles Grey