Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Discussion about handbills and placards. Then the important matter of the Newport (Mon.) scandal taken from a local newspaper of the complaint to the mayor to the officer in command of the artillery regiment at Newport about the spread of VD among his men with the mayor's suggestion of requesting the Government to let the CD Acts be brought to Newport. [See Note]. JB took action at once by sending loads of papers and sending Agents Campbell, Fothergill and Knox to arrange a meeting and stir up feeling in Newport among the municipal electors before the 1st Nov.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday [late Oct] 1872

'The hideous report from Newport (Mon)'

This was an account taken from a local newspaper (the South Wales Evening Telegram) of a report of the proceedings of the Newport Town Council. The officer in command of the Artillery regiment at Newport complained to the Mayor about the spread of VD among his men with the result that the Mayor appointed a Committee to request the Govt to let the CD Acts be brought to Newport. A full report of this incident is given in the 'Shield' 16 Nov 1872 p 1149

'I want Mr Forthergill to go to Newport directly he is done with Tiverton'

The Election at Tiverton (polling day the 22 Oct 1872) JB hoped that Fothergill would just have time to work up some agitation in Newport on this question before the Municipal elections of 1 Nov

'I think the Brights do [approve]' - i.e. Mr and Mrs Jacob Bright

Biog: Mr Fothergill (agent); Mr Campbell (agent); Mr Knox (agent); The Brights